White Elephant Swap freebies

by | Sep 26, 2014 | Life

International students benefit from donations

Britnei Bilhete
Life Reporter

It was the ultimate treasure hunt at the sixth annual White Elephant Swap at Humber College’s North campus on Wednesday.
The Green Committee from the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism collected faculty-donated supplies and goods over the course of September. The items were displayed in the concourse for students to grab.
Dozens of students lined up to get their hands on anything from binders to curtains to laptops. All the items were completely free.
Students were given a ticket in line that allowed them two items at a time, and were welcome to return to the end of the line after each turn.  Second year Tourism Management student Sherene Germain, 19, hoped to see school items because “they’re kind of expensive at the bookstore,” she said.
“What better way than just to give away stuff somebody else just doesn’t really want,” said Savio Colaco, chair of the Green Committee. “(It’s) just to provide students with the opportunity to save a few dollars and reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Co-organizer and instructor Antonio Folino understands the difficulty of being international students, who are among the important recipients of White Elephant largesse.
“We just do it to help the students out and a lot of them do need help… they come here from other countries. They don’t have much,” said Folino.
International student June Ji, 38, a first year occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant student, and was lucky enough to get her hands on a laptop.
“It’s so kind of the faculty members because they donated for the students… I wanted to buy (these) items before but I got it for free. I’m so fortunate,” said Ji.
Bucks for Books is the next planned Green Committee campaign. All proceeds from the sale of donated books will go to charity, and will take place in November.