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Lighten Your Load

WKU Lighten Your Load

The Eighth Annual "Lighten Your Load" was a great success!

At the end of every spring semester, WKU Housing & Residence Life provides students with the opportunity to donated unwanted clothing, food, and household items before they move out of the residence halls for the summer. Large boxes are provided in every lobby to collect the items. Housing and Residence Life staff collect, sort, count, and deliver the items to the Bowling Green Housing Authority. The items are given at no cost to individuals in the Bowling Green community who are in need. 

Lighten Your Load 2015 Collection Results

  • Clothing and Accessories: 5,492
  • Hangers: 1,000
  • Household Goods (small appliances, decorative items, lamps, mirrors, cleaning supplies, storage containers, etc.): 1,894
  • School Supplies: 604
  • Appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, and televisions): 67
  • Non-Perishable Food: 1,940 lbs.

Total Items Collected: 8,157

Donations increased by 1,042 more items of clothing, household goods, school supplies, and appliances compared to Lighten Your Load 2014. In addition, 184 more pounds of non-perishable food were collected compared to 2014. 

Volunteer with Lighten Your Load

If your campus organization would like to participate in the collection and sorting of Lighten Your Load items in 2016, please contact David Baskett at

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 Last Modified 6/15/15