Aggies helping out Aggies forced to move

POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:14pm

For those Aggies who live in the University Apartments; it's their home away from home.

But in a few weeks that won't be the case any longer because at the end of the month the university will be tearing down the buildings to make room for a new mixed-use development; meaning more than 300 students will have to find a new place to live.

"They are moving from fully furnished apartments to not furnished apartments with higher rent and a lot of them are international students with families," said Off Campus Aggies president, Haley Kemp.

In an effort to ease the burden of moving out, a group of Aggies held a donation drive in order to help those students being displaced.

"I just had a lot of empathy for them," said volunteer Matt Berg. "Imagining myself in a similar context; in another country, in a place I had started to get comfortable in with a tight-knit community. That's just really hard so I felt the need to help ease that transition."

Off Campus Aggies and the Graduate Student Council collected everything from fans, TVs and most importantly furniture.

Thursday, Ryan Minmier, came by to drop off an unwanted chair.

"In all honesty, it just kind of feels like the right thing to do as Aggies, it's who we are," said Minmier. "We take care of each other no matter who you are, where your from or what the situation is."

And like the old saying goes, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure' and everything collected will be put to good use.

Organizers say any items not given to students moving will be donated to local charities.


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