For the past several months, Clarence’s Recycling on the south side of Isanti has been racking up scrap metal and aluminum poundage during a drive to honor the memory of original owner Clarence Scharpen who passed away last August.
The business is donating a penny per scrap metal pound and is currently at 585,000 lbs. since the drive began, said Clarence’s granddaughter Kella Harmer. The money will be donated to the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group which supports armed forces troops from the area.
In addition, on Saturday, May 4, an extra aluminum can drive will be held during business hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) which will be matched for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon donation.
Scharpen was a Korean War veteran who took to heart the mission of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
“We really wanted to do something in honor of and remembrance of Clarence. We really wanted to be able to remember him and to donate to a cause that he truly loved. This seemed like the right thing to do,” said Harmer in an earlier story on the metal drive.
Clarence’s Recycling is located at 27973 Hwy. 95 on the southern border of Isanti.