USM’s Baptist Student Union collecting donations for incoming international students

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The Baptist Student Union (BSU) on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is accepting donations, including furniture and other household essentials, to be distributed to incoming international students through July 31 as they move into housing.

Neighbors and organizations who would like to support this effort are asked to consider donating new or gently used items, including those from the following lists:

New items:

  • XL twin size bedsheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets/comforters
  • Vinyl mattress protectors
  • Trash bags
  • Basic groceries/ready to eat food items
  • Basic toiletries (shampoo, soap)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels/toilet paper
  • Water filter (Brita pitcher)
  • Notebooks, pens, etc.
  • Bath/kitchen towels
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Shower Curtains

New or gently used items:

  • Small trash cans
  • Cutlery sets (silverware)
  • Kitchen knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Furniture (bed frames, small dining tables, chairs, etc.)

Items can be dropped off at the BSU, which is located at 3100 Montague Blvd. on the Hattiesburg campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You are asked to contact the BSU before bringing items due to limited space at 601-264-5160 or email

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