Posted on October 14, 2011 by Tia Lalani

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure: on Monday, October 17, donate unused or unwanted stuff… on Tuesday, dig up some treasures of your own!

By Christopher Thrall, with files from Chantelle Olsen

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure: on Monday, October 17, donate unused or unwanted stuff… on Tuesday, dig up some treasures of your own!

Score! is a free-cycling event – a giant indoor swap meet – conceived by fourth-year Global and Development Studies student Carmelle Mohr. “I care about this because it costs a lot of money to be a student,” she says. “You might not need something, but someone else might, and events like this help build a philosophy of giving on campus.” Events like this also help build a sense of community.

Drop off your pre-owned furniture, clothing, dishes, blankets, shoes, and other household items in the Forum between 8 am and 9 pm. The next day, return for the community-wide party from noon until 6 pm. Score! a new pair of jeans, a new CD rack, or maybe a gently-used coat. The exchange is an eco-friendly way to refresh your closet, living room, or kitchen. Three local bands, a student DJ, an area to turn old clothing into retro bags and fashion consultants from local business are just some of the reasons why you don’t want to miss Score!

Carmelle decided to launch an Augustana version of Score! while brainstorming fundraising ideas for Christmas Presence, the outreach project she started three winters ago. The organizing team includes Robyn Simpson-Mohr of Augustana Chaplaincy, the campus Sustainability Coordinator Candice Tremblay and Residence Coordinator Angela Chappell, but many other participants across campus and throughout the community – including Sahakarini and Canada World Youth – are deeply involved.

“I like the idea of Score!,” said Carmelle, “because it ties into the spirit of Christmas Presence. The people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have minimal necessities: they are experiencing extreme poverty right here in Canada. My project tries to bring these people some of the necessities they lack – toiletries, warm clothing and homemade cookies on Christmas Day – but ultimately, the project tries to bring a loving presence to those on the streets on Christmas Day.” A free-cycling event like Score! emphasizes the fact that many of us in Camrose have much. Our extra stuff just needs to be redistributed, given to those who can make use of it.

“I’m not going to be here next year,” says Carmelle, “so this year’s event involves thinking about the next steps. We will try to reach out to new organizers and other community members to keep Score! going.”

Items that are not taken will be donated to Brigantia Place, the Open Door Foundation or the Mustard Seed.


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