Life is expensive and attending college is costly,  something just about every college student could tell you.

Additionally, raising children seems to be growing more expensive every year. Countless American families struggle to make ends meet, however, there are people on campus who are doing both on a daily basis and the Women’s Center has decided to give them some help.

“Give It Now, Swap It Later” is a new event this year. It is designed to support students on campus who are juggling school and raising children.

Starting Monday, Nov. 5, collection bins will be set up throughout the campus to gather gently used books, toys and children’s clothes sizes newborn to 16. Collections will continue through Dec. 20.

On Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the collected items will be set up in the Hatch Ballroom, located in the Student Union Building, as a free store where parents can come to select items they may need for their children.

This could be a chance to connect with other non-traditional students as well as a possible opportunity to find items for children.

Students are invited to stop by anytime throughout the day and browse, get something to eat and socialize.

“I think it’s important for people to know that there are people on campus who care about non-traditional students and we want to help them feel included in their campus experience,” said Tasha Lundquist, peer educator and programmer for the event.

Students are encouraged to give generously as many fellow students have children who are in need.

“One of the challenges that nontraditional students sometimes face is financial and children just grow so fast that sometimes it’s hard to keep up,” Lundquist said.

Donation Collection Sites:

  • Children’s Center, 1830 Beacon Street
  • Education Building, Room 203
  • General Studies Department, Yanke Park
  • Sociology Department, Library 171
  • University Apartments, Village Community Center
  • Women’s Center, Second floor SUB