Students around yogurt table

Free Yogurt at USC to support Yoplait and the fight against Breast Cancer

As you may or may not know, every year Yoplait yogurt does a “pink lid” campaign to promote and support breast cancer research.  The only catch is that you can’t simply buy the yogurt – you have to send the cleaned lids back in.

So I typically just eat the yogurt, sigh heavily, and toss the lid in the trash.  It’s not that I don’t want to send them in, I really do, but any time I’ve tried to save them up before, my dad has successfully thrown them out.  The reason being that each lid is for $0.10 and the postage costs more than that to send them, so to “save” you would need to send at least ten at the same time.

Back to business

This is probably my third time in the University Student Center and I was quite thrilled when I walked in and saw a table stacked up with yogurt. So I put down my stuff and walked over to find out what was going on.

There is a lovely box on the table, decorated in fabulous colors and detailing the student organization’s goal of 1,000 pink lids (now through the end of the month) and there are amiable young women behind the tables.  One table for a beaded ‘ribbon’, and one with ingredients for a delectable parfait.

I think it’s safe to say that this was the highlight of my day.

I'm making a ridiculous face and holding a yogurt

Do you understand my excitement now?

Making Key Chains

Save Lids to Save Lives

I always felt a major thing this campus lacked was bringing awareness of disabilities or cancers or anything of the sort to the students and faculty. I figured if I started with one thing, it would be a major success with the tight knit campus that we have!

So I decided to start the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program here last year in October.

Saving yogurt lids save lives…? Wait what?

What is this you ask? Save Lids to Save Lives is a philanthropy that takes in the Yoplait Pink Lids as donation money. Each lid is worth .10 cents towards our local Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Last year this program was held by the Residence Hall Association from October 1st through the 31st, and only held in the Residence Hall One. It was done by having floor competitions. By the end of the month the total amount of lids collected were 350, totaling out to be $35 towards the charity.

This year I wanted the program to be a campus wide event, getting faculty and student leaders in on the deal. RHA has a goal of collecting 1000 lids so that the total money donated would equal a solid $100. The first week was a slow one of marketing and promoting the event. 26 lids were collected at the end of the first week. I was disappointed and also scared that I wouldn’t be able to reach the goal of 1000. However I had to keep positive and remind myself that no matter how many lids are collected, it is still donation to the charity.

Yogurt Parfait Table

Yogurt parfait table

Today, however, Harborside Activities Board put on an event call Think Pink. Think Pink was a “create your own yogurt parfait and a breast cancer awareness key chain” event. Yoplait yogurt was provided so that when the students or faculty were finished, they can easily take the lid off and place it in the box supplied.

There was a great turn out of attendance and I couldn’t be more excited to count how many lids are totaled by the end of the week.

I am hoping this is bringing awareness to the campus and I hope that with each student realizes that turning in a simple yogurt lid is contributing so much to fight the cause.