Town Square

Post a New Topic

Stanford Clothing Drive saves students' castoffs from landfill

Original post made on Jun 21, 2007

Every June, in a mad dash to flee the campus, Stanford University students leave behind dirty towels and designer jeans, lamps and socks.

Read the full story here Web Link

Comments (7)

Posted by Kyle Love, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Three cheers for Lori Fuller and her team of volunteers for their tremendous service to our community. Through their vision and hard work, they have provided a way for Stanford University and its students to provide immediate goods and services to the less fortunate. I'm sure Stanford is very proud of Ms. Fuller, her volunteers, and their students for all the good they have done in such a short amount of time.


Posted by member, new, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Lori Fuller and her team...pretend they think the world is a blank slate they can write on. But they are old enough, judging by the picture, to know better.

Some things doubtless reached the landfill, but in the good old days, lots of people, from as far away as the Central Valley, used to love dumpster diving in June at Stanford, as did Stanford workers who often, we heard, sent things to Mexico. (And with all the agitation about a "living wage" for Stanford workers, it's easy to imagine these people didn't like this stuff getting away from them).

Win-win situations are rare, and this is not one of them.


Posted by staff, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 21, 2007 at 4:24 pm

"The volunteers try not to think of the students as spoiled, but after digging through mounds of perfectly good clothes and furniture, sometimes it's tough.."

You know, I wouldn't be so quick to condemn the ones who are providing these gems. It could be that the students know full well what these items are worth, but are choosing to donate them to brighten the day of someone less fortunate than them. If I were one of those students, I'd hate to think that the recipients of my generosity were getting a laugh at my expense, even as they slip on the hand-knit sweater I left for them.


Posted by grad, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 21, 2007 at 4:53 pm

"Other items, including the size 1 designer jeans, are donated to Goodwill, Hill said."

Careful... You'd be shocked to know where donated clothes may end up. Goodwill-donated items often end up in the hands of wholesalers that sell discarded clothing in bulk to Africa.

Read the story here: Web Link

The phenomenon devastates Africa's clothing industries. Make sure you donate clothing in good condition and never donate items like underwear, which will most likely be exported.


Posted by Donation Drive Volunteer, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2007 at 1:22 pm


The 650 homeless and "at great risk clients" of Drop In Center of The Opportunity Center of Palo Alto are University neighbors. They are the main recipients of the donation drive….and unlike Stanford workers, and the folks that "love dumpster diving" (sic) most have no wages….living or other. Many have mental and physical health issues. The clients do not "love to dumpster dive" but they have had to do it for basic survival.



Posted by Donation Drive Volunteer, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2007 at 1:23 pm

The 650 homeless and "at great risk clients" of Drop In Center of The Opportunity Center of Palo Alto are University neighbors. They are the main recipients of the donation drive….and unlike Stanford workers, and the folks that "love dumpster diving" (sic) most have no wages….living or other. Many have mental and physical health issues. The clients do not "love to dumpster dive" but they have had to do it for basic survival.


Posted by member, new, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 26, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Economists probably fight over whether it is better to be low wage or no wage, and philosophers over whether it's better to be a recipient of charity or an enterprising individual who looks for free stuff.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 5 comments | 2,762 views

Chai Brisket
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,963 views

Couples: Parallel Play or Interactive Play?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,134 views

Sometimes "I'm Sorry" Doesn't Cut It
By Cheryl Bac | 6 comments | 1,110 views

SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 695 views