Patriot Packout (PPO)
In the mad dash to pack up after finals and graduation, many George Mason University students find that they have accumulated more over the course of an academic year than could reasonably fit in their vehicle. Each year, the Patriot Packout (PPO) donation drive makes sure these discarded items don't end up in the trash. PPO usually occurs during finals week and ends the Monday after graduation. Donations of clothes (lightly used/ clean); nonperishable, unopened, and unexpired food; and operable small appliances and electronics are collected in the lobbies of Mason residence halls during Move Out. Please check to find the closest donation site. All items are donated, and past recipient organizations include the Patriot Pantry, Food for Others, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Clock Tower Thrift Store in Falls Church.
Patriot Pack Out was launched by the Office of Government and Community Relations and Mason Recycling and Waste Management in 2007. Now a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Mason Housing & Residence Life, and Mason Recycles this program is meant to divert goods away from trash, and in 2018 we collected over 10,700 pounds of food, clothing, and appliances!
PPO DONATION DETAILS
WHO: On-campus students // WHEN: May 6-19th // WHAT: Donate clothing (clean/ lightly used), small appliances, furniture, and non-perishable food items // WHERE: Fairfax Campus, in BINS located in the LOBBY of your Mason residence halls // WHY: (see at bottom of page)
Neighborhood drop-off locations include lobbies in all Shenandoah, Rappahannock, and Aquia residence halls at Fairfax Campus! Make sure to stack items carefully and in the right bin! See below for more info on what Patriot Pantry's needs specifically, where you can donate a bike, and how you can get money off a parking ticket for donating.
*Off-campus students, we are unable to pick up items for donation, but encourage you to donate/ drop off items at your local Goodwill/ the like instead of throwing away reusable items! You are eligible for the bike donation and parking citation relief program (see below)! Also anyone can volunteer at PPO, click at bottom of the page to sign up!
DONATE TO PATRIOT PANTRY during PPO!
During Patriot Packout, along with your clothing, small appliances, furniture, & all non-perishable food donations, there are specific items that our local pantry needs. Be sure to include them in your move out donations (in residence hall lobbies):
UNOPENED/ UNUSED TOILETRIES:
- Dish soap & Hand soap
- Dryer sheets & Laundry detergent
- Feminine hygiene pads
- Sanitary Wipes
- Mouthwash & Toothpaste
- Toilet paper & Paper towels
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Bottled juices
- Coconut/ Almond milk
- Crackers, Chips, & Chocolate
- Granola bars, especially protein bars
- Microwaveable meals (that don’t need refrigeration)
- Packaged fruit mixes (in plastic, not cans)
- Pancake/ baking mixes
- Packets of sugar, salt & pepper
- Small spices
- Trail mix & nuts
DONATE, DON’T ABANDON BIKES!
Instead of abandoning your bike at Move Out, donate it! Place any unwanted bike (unlocked) on 1st floor of Shenandoah Parking Deck, near the cage/ fence – do NOT block spaces or cars. Donating your bike constitutes a relinquishing of all rights to future use or control. There are no tax receipts for donations due to the drop off nature of this donation. In the past Mason has donated them to several local and international charities, paid to rehab abandoned bikes to use for departmental bikes, or resold them to someone who wants it at a cut rate price $10-30 to encourage ridership at Mason (we used sales revenue to fund more bike programs/ costs at Mason)!
OWE $$$ ON A PARKING TICKET?
Find out how you can get up to $60 off by donating specific goods at Arlington, Fairfax, and SciTech parking offices from May 6 to May 17th by noon! For a list of approved items and MORE INFO CLICK HERE! Donations go to Patriot Pantry.