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VCU's new Free Store will open for business Aug. 19. (Photo by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)

VCU’s Free Store to open Aug. 19

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Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Free Store — an on-campus resource to promote equitable access to everyday needs like school and art supplies, electronics, kitchen supplies, home goods and more — will open for business at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.

The Free Store, located inside the RamBikes building at 201 N. Belvidere St., is operated by the Office of Sustainability at VCU and is meant to reduce the amount of unwanted items sent to the landfill while also providing the VCU community with equitable access to necessities and other goods.

VCU students, faculty and staff are invited to donate art supplies, school/office supplies, holiday/event decorations, small un-upholstered furniture, electronics (hard drives from computers must be removed), nonperishable or canned food, unopened personal-hygiene products, sports equipment, art, books, building materials, gardening supplies, bikes and bike parts, cooking supplies, hangers, lamps, trash cans, fans and similar items. So far, more than 1,000 items have been donated.

The store will be accessible to VCU students, faculty and staff with a valid VCU ID.

For more information on the Free Store, including how to donate unwanted items, visit