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so over it

Laurel, IN

#1 May 24, 2010
i was under the immpression that sharefest was an organization that was taking donations to help the needy in the area. evidently the college kids did not donate alot. for years the needy from counties around oxford would go to oxford after graduatin and pick up things left on the curbs that was put out for trash pickup. at one point in time we were told by a police officer that they did not mind us getting things but not to stroll the garbage out of bags. we did respect that statement. i went into the old odd lot store in oxford where the sharefest people were taking their donations. they were selling the donated items there. couchs for thirty five dollars that was broken and barely worth thirty five cents. then one day my freind went over there an the sharefest people were digging in trash,just like everyone else, a police officer told this person yhat you were not allowed to take anything. after just a couple days before when the other officer okayed it. every one has done this for years. i tend to beleive the sharefest people saw that other people were getting better stuff than was being donated, so they decided to go to the dumpsters themselves to get things. there is nothing wrong with that except they are very snotty people. if they ask that we not do that ,then they should ask that everyone not do it. but if anyone wants to give me things on their own ther is nothing sharefest can do about it. i rather break my stuff then donate to sharefest. they were supposed to give that stuff to the needy, not sell it,
just me

De Graff, OH

#2 May 30, 2010
I agree.... dirty people.
just me

De Graff, OH

#3 May 30, 2010
And just to clarify real quick.... I don't mean dirty people for taking what they throw out I have done it I mean dirty as in twisted. If they are supposed to be giving donated items to the needy and someone is selling them.... well that is crap.
mine to give

Laurel, IN

#4 Jun 1, 2010
my daughter attended miami university and will be going back in the fall. when me and my husband was there to move her home this year, we set things out for the taking. my daughter and i were in the kitchen of the house my daughter was sharing with three freinds,an we heard a commotion out in front of the house. we both walked out to see what was going on and there was a police officer there that was telling a young couple that it was stealing from the town,because these young people were picking up things we had put on the street for such people to take. my daughter and i were furious. i informed the police officer that i had given these things to these people. the police officer informed me that that was not allowed. i feel like these things were mine to give to whom i want to have them. my husband and i payed for these things. next year we will put out a yard sale sign and give these things away to the people we choose to have them. if i want sharefest to have these things i will donate them to sharefest, otherwise, sharefest, stay away from my things.
just me

De Graff, OH

#5 Jun 3, 2010
Yea is it a crime to GIVE your things away.... honestly?
Retard

Edison, NJ

#6 Jun 15, 2010
Sharefest effing sucks. Those people are a bunch of crooks. Its bullshit, it used to be that we Miami Students could get some good nice used stuff when everyone else left. Like myself who can use furniture and things like that, they have these idiots and Butler County inmates drive around all day picking up EVERYTHING before anyone else has a chance. Then this year the douchebags SELL it at the old Big Lots. It really makes me mad because one time I went up and said you know I really need a new futon frame mine is broken. They told me tough, this was going to the "needy" families in Cincinnati. Probably the same ones that live off welfare and food stamps. From now on I will personally take my couch out in the middle of the parking lot, and set it on FIRE in front of the sharefest workers before I would ever give them ANYTHING of mine.
Puss and Boots

United States

#7 Mar 25, 2011
A few years ago a lot of people who really were suffering from poverty , scraped enough money up for gas just to do just that. Drive around and find things that were usable and I was one of them.We were never littering the streets but only took pots and pans chairs , lamps anything that we could use. One young couple even gave us their perishable food which we appreciated. Mind you not everyone lives off of welfare and food stamps we did not ! but life even back 4 or 5 years ago for a lot of people was hard.
I found a lot of dishes , pots and pans and fans that were in very good condition, if you can't buy a fan out of a meager budget , well that fan means a lot. I heard that the police were giving out tickets to people who were there to pick up items , needless to say I never went back. You would think that in a lot of counties and cities the topic is going green and to recycle good used items to keep them out of the land fills. I don't know anything about Share fest , but I did see bags back then that had a note on them saying for share fest.
lady -b

United States

#8 Mar 25, 2011
yes if they want to give it to sharefest they can call sharefest, otherwise let the people get it. i was there last year and went to a dumpster, the sharefest people were at that dumpster looking around and they told me i was not allowed to take anything. i ask why not, that everyone else was. they said the city was going to stop that and they would be the only ones to get the things off the streets and dumpsters. the woman then called the law. about that time a young girl came out handed me two clothes baskets. one was a hot pink mesh, the other was a wicker basket with wheels. the police drove up and told me i wasnt allowed to take anything and they were going to stop people from getting things off the streets. at that time the old bitch from sharefest walked over (while the police were there) took the baskets out of my hands and took them over and put on their wagon. the baskets had not even touched the ground between the time the girl gave them to me until the woman took them from my hands. if i would have thought in time, i should have said the girl gave them to me, i did not take them from the street or the dumpster, they were gave to me. she had no business taking them, honestly because they were gave to me. also i had some stuff in my truck that a man had given me. i told the police that a man had given me those things, he had even carried them from his daughters apartment and loaded them in my truck. so there was nothing they could do.
lady -b

United States

#9 Mar 25, 2011
i think that if people want to give their things to sharefest then do. otherwise set it in your yard and put a free sign out, then anyone can take it. they can only keep you from getting it if it is on the street,because then it is property of the city. so all you college kids put a free sign out, because you dont know how much the things you are throwing out means to me and lord knows how many other people. i am so grateful to have gotten the things i did. skillets that i needed so bad and right down to shampoo. "PUT IT OUT IN YOUR YARD WITH A FREE SIGN" we so do appreciate you.
another needy person

United States

#10 Mar 25, 2011
i have met so many nice college young men and women while going over there when they throw out what they dont want. some of them even invite you into their home away from home and give you things if you will carry them out. which it keeps them from having to do it, plus helps us to have something that we appreciate.
grateful

United States

#11 Mar 25, 2011
I talked to a man and his wife who went to oxford to look for a table. While there they found one and the man was loading it in his truck, when a policeman came and made him put it back. The owner of the table came out and told the police that she had given the table to the man. The police said once it is put on the curb, it becomes the property of oxford. You know we even got laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, dirty dishes, that we could take home and wash,then use them. Everything I have ever gotten there was needed and used, and very much appreciated. I agree with lady-b. You go girl. Thats a great idea. Put a "FREE" sign out.
no name

United States

#12 Mar 25, 2011
sharefest sucks
Puss and Boots

United States

#13 Mar 25, 2011
Who in the h*ll is share Fest anyway ? I guess they want all of the stuff so they can sell it and make a profit.Going by the actions I've heard of they are definitely not a christian organization.

Yes I brought dirty pots and pans home and was happy to wash them up.I am a writer so I found a lot of note book paper.And shampoo as well.In Franklin County and Ripley County , they have large item pick up days twice a year , anything set out belongs to no one and they would rather someone pick it up and make use of it.I agree with lady b ,you kids put free stuff by your door or advertise it on your lawn and if a citizen wants it go ahead and give it to them.You are helping humanity that are in need and helping the land fill by not having it dumped.Times are hard for the majority of people these days and anything helps.I know that a lot of the students live in other states and have to fly home and have to leave a lot of things behind.

If you are in favor of helping the green drive and stopping the earth from so much trash , then put out a sign Free Stuff and Don't put it on the curb.
Fired Up

United States

#14 Apr 3, 2011
I am a third year college student at Miami University in Oxford and I would just like to say I will give my things to whoever I want and it will NOT be sharefest. I will burn all of my belongings Before they get them. I think most of us feel the same.
Joe Blow

United States

#15 Apr 10, 2011
Will they lock a guy up if he comes to town and picks up a chair or a fan ? It's about that time of the year , school will out soon.
Janie

United States

#16 Apr 12, 2011
Yeah folks want to know if your useables can be given to the poor that come into town to get them.If you don't set them out on the curb , I see no problem with that.
Thanks

United States

#17 Apr 16, 2011
Last year the police said they were going to give tickets out to people coming over there and taking things, but if it is given to you or you don't take it off the curb, what can they do? If there was some way to get the word to the college students not to put it on the curb, but to leave it in their yards with a free sign on it, they couldn't do a thing, I don't think. You know alot of those college kids enjoyed watching people digging for things that they threw out. They set on their porch laughing at us and having conversations with us. They were even good to let us in their home to carry things out, which kept them from havng to do it. I realize though that it is their things to do wiyh what they want, and if it is to give it to sharefest then that is their right. Sharefest leaves behind alot of things though that I would be tickled to have. Even the parents of these college students have really been so nice about giving us things,and even helping load it on our truck. All good things come to an end,I guess.
God Bless You

United States

#18 Apr 16, 2011
To all college students, If you could please set out things that you don't want, other than what you give to sharefest in your yard and have some way of letting people know we can have it, we would appreciate it so much. Everything I got 2 years ago Was used by my daughter who was getting divorced and never had anything to start her new life. But thanks to you all she got a futon which she used as a couch and bed. She got a small refrigerater, table an chairs and alot of household goods. I thank God for people like you. It was very much needed and appreciated.

Since: Apr 11

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#19 Apr 19, 2011
so over it wrote:
i was under the immpression that sharefest was an organization that was taking donations to help the needy in the area. evidently the college kids did not donate alot. for years the needy from counties around oxford would go to oxford after graduatin and pick up things left on the curbs that was put out for trash pickup. at one point in time we were told by a police officer that they did not mind us getting things but not to stroll the garbage out of bags. we did respect that statement. i went into the old odd lot store in oxford where the sharefest people were taking their donations. they were selling the donated items there. couchs for thirty five dollars that was broken and barely worth thirty five cents. then one day my freind went over there an the sharefest people were digging in trash,just like everyone else, a police officer told this person yhat you were not allowed to take anything. after just a couple days before when the other officer okayed it. every one has done this for years. i tend to beleive the sharefest people saw that other people were getting better stuff than was being donated, so they decided to go to the dumpsters themselves to get things. there is nothing wrong with that except they are very snotty people. if they ask that we not do that ,then they should ask that everyone not do it. but if anyone wants to give me things on their own ther is nothing sharefest can do about it. i rather break my stuff then donate to sharefest. they were supposed to give that stuff to the needy, not sell it,
To set the record straight, in 2010 the ShareFest Committee decided to allow agencies to sell items they collect, as long as the proceeds went back into the agency. Therefore, the monies collected had to be used to help families and individuals. This change in policy was very well received by members of the Oxford community, as well as social service agencies and religious organizations from the area. Agencies could choose how to best serve their clients, rather than being forced to give their items away.

The Family Resource Center, a founding partnering agency of ShareFest, had hosted a free store for their clients from 2005 to 2009. For 2010, the FRC changed their policy, switching from a free store to a thrift store. This temporary thrift store was took place at 550 South Locust Street, which is the same site that ShareFest 2010 took place.

The only truth in the original post is that couches were sold for $35. All upholstered furniture was treated for bedbugs and other infestations prior to sale. This is expensive, but worthwhile--who wants to bring bugs and critters into their home?

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#20 Apr 19, 2011
just me wrote:
And just to clarify real quick.... I don't mean dirty people for taking what they throw out I have done it I mean dirty as in twisted. If they are supposed to be giving donated items to the needy and someone is selling them.... well that is crap.
For more information, please visit http://muohio.edu/sharefest/ . Students were notified throughout various marketing efforts that items may be sold, but that proceeds must benefit the agency. Therefore, benefiting people in-need.

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