“Lighten Your Load” results show huge success

Elliott Pratt

The results are in from WKU’s sixth annual “Lighten Your Load” project, and they are heavy.

The food and clothing drive sponsored by Housing and Residence Life collected 5,778 items of clothing, household goods, electronics, and 1,042 pounds of non-perishable food items.

All items are donated to the Bowling Green Housing Authority and are given to individuals in need in Bowling Green at no cost.

Project A manager for the Housing Authority, Cathye Gumm, said the project would not have been possible without WKU students’ participation.

“We are delighted that we are even able to do this project,” Gumm said. “We literally wouldn’t be able to do this without WKU.”

Items break down to 4,616 clothing articles, 1,118 household goods, and 44 electronic devices such as refrigerators, microwaves, and televisions.

Gumm said the clothing and food will go to high school seniors in need of supplies heading into college.

“For all of our seniors that are going to college, we outfit them for the dorms,” Gumm said. “We pass these things on to them whether they go out of Bowling Green or to WKU. We also prepare food baskets for those seniors with the food donated to us.”

T-shirts brought in the largest amount at 1,475, followed by women’s tops at 537. Accessories including belts, jewelry, hats, etc., counted up to 262 items.