Ah, remember your college days in the university dorm? Cramped space, industrial grade furniture, lumpy mattresses, communal restrooms and cold concrete floors?

Not so for the students of Multnomah University in Portland! They were recently issued a three-part challenge by The Salvation Army: 1) furnish a dorm room in one week, 2) only with merchandise from Salvation Army Family Stores, and 3) without spending more than $250.

Design A Dorm Challenge in Portland

Three teams of four students created dorm rooms in 10ft x 12ft spaces, currently on display at The Salvation Army Family Store located in Happy Valley, Oregon. Drop by the store by close of business tomorrow August 31st to cast your vote on the room you think has the best design.

According to Constance Grecco, Community Relations Director for The Salvation Army in Portland, the students learned how to get more with less during these trying economic times. And, they recycled gently-used furniture and accessories that may have otherwise been headed for the landfill!

But best of all, they helped us spread the word that every item purchased from a Salvation Army Family Store provides much-needed revenue to support our no-fee drug and alcohol programs for men and women who are struggling to break free of painful addictions.

Why don’t you take the challenge too!? Drop by your Salvation Army store and see if you can find furniture, bric-a-brac or other household goods you can use to re-fresh your living space.

:: Click here for a link to our SATruck website where you can find a store or drop off location near you.

:: Click here to read more about this story on the Oregon Live website.

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