Millersville University students load Hobbs Hall furniture into shipping containers for trans-shipment to Haiti.

With the new residence halls being built on campus, Hobbs Hall is scheduled for demolition next month. Millersville’s purchasing department was given the task of finding a home for the student dorm room and lounge furniture.  The furniture was advertised for sale; however, there is currently a glut of used dormitory and office furniture on the market, and it did not sell.

Since the furniture has to be removed from Hobbs this month prior to demolition, the University found a solution in an organization named Food For The Poor, which according to its website is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.

Millersville students helped load several 40-foot shipping containers bound for Haiti on Jan. 9-13.

“The students worked very hard and very fast, as we only had a two-hour window to load each container,” said John Cox, assistant director of purchasing. “Each of over two thousand pieces of furniture had to be hand-carried from each room to the rear of the shipping container and then physically lifted into the container because Hobbs Hall has no loading dock.”

The shipping containers, close to ten feet tall, had to be stacked with furniture to the ceiling. “Most of the student workers are wrestlers, which helped them provide the strength required to get all six containers fully loaded,” said Cox.

The Food For The Poor website can be found at


This article has 3 comments

  1. Joshua R. Belice

    This is an admirable, sustainability initiative of which students, the Division, and alum can be proud.

  2. I’m happy to see that the furniture is going to a good cause! I was one of the last people to live in Hobbs Hall. I graduated in May 2013 and was in 301 Hobbs both my junior and senior year! Chipp is right, the furniture was definitely in fine condition to be used elsewhere! I’m also glad to see that some of the student-athletes helped with this! I’m sure the extra muscle made the job a little easier!

  3. glad the furniture found a good use, it was in pretty good shape and it was less than 10 years old.

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