Source: Lynda Bachelor, 785-532-7607, bachelor@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/leadership/programs/handson.html

Thursday, July 11, 2012

Drop it off or take it home: Furniture Amnesty Day July 27 in City Park

MANHATTAN -- Manhattan Good Neighbors and the city of Manhattan are hosts of the fourth Furniture Amnesty Day on Friday, July 27. The event will take place in the parking lot by the Wilson baseball fields in Manhattan's City Park.

Furniture Amnesty Day is a chance for community members to not only donate their unwanted furniture, but to also take home some free furniture. This event serves as a friendly reminder and encourages community members to properly dispose of their household items and to keep furniture out of landfills as a result, said Alex Anderson, program coordinator for HandsOn Kansas State, which organizes the event.

"Last year we provided furniture for more than 200 households," Anderson said. "We also had a mini Furniture Amnesty Day in the spring, and people were already talking about returning for our summer event."

Anyone can drop off furniture from 8 a.m. until noon July 27, and then the public can check out and take home furniture from noon until 5 p.m. If you would like to donate your furniture but are unable to drop it off, you can contact the city to schedule a pick up on the day of the event. Email spriggs@cityofmhk.com or call 785-587-2404 for pick up arrangements.

"I am looking forward to this year because we have targeted even more parts of the Manhattan community and invited them to this year's Furniture Amnesty Day," Anderson said. "This event is geared toward all community members, and I can’t wait to help even more people give up something old and find something new."

Manhattan Good Neighbors is a part of HandsOn Kansas State, which is a program housed in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University that creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities. Manhattan Good Neighbors specifically focuses on neighborhoods around the K-State campus and allows students and permanent residents to build and maintain positive relationships through service.