University Wide Garage Sale benefits students

Aurora University - University Wide Garage SaleBy Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership

There has been a movement on the Aurora University campus related to service. On Saturday, April 13, that idea took a twist, as students decided to host an event that aided other students.

“Often times we think of those needing our help, as being slightly removed from us,” said Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership. “This very idea hit home last year with the Sleep Out on the Quad event, where university students identified themselves as having been homeless. Since then other conversations have started about hunger and other seldom talked about potential student needs.”

On a cold April morning, a group of AU students from the Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D) Program, and the Wellness and Social Responsibility class gathered to assist with the first ever University Wide Garage Sale. With the help of the Physical Properties Department, these students helped to set up and display a significant amount of items that had been donated by the Aurora University community over the last month.

Items were purposely displayed without a price tag, as shoppers were encouraged to pay what they would consider to be a “fair” price. This benefited the local community as residents were able to pay what they could afford. By the end of the day, most of the big ticket pieces were gone, along with other household items, children’s toys and electronics.

In the end, $2,021.25 was raised, more than doubling the original goal of $1,000. All proceeds will benefit students experiencing financial emergencies through the Franklin Fund at Aurora University.

“It makes me so happy to know we made beyond our goal,” said Nicholas Leazer, a sophomore in the L.E.A.D. Program. “It was my pleasure helping out. Waving (garage sale) signs is my new favorite job!” This sentiment was echoed by all involved, as there seems to be a growing recognition from students at the university that service builds a community.