Turn in your cans to help area veterans

Clarence’s Recycling is once again holding its aluminum can and steel drive to benefit military service members, veterans and their families.

The drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Clarence’s will not only pay donors the daily market rate for their aluminum cans, but it will match that price to donate to Isanti County’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The mission of the organization is to support Isanti County’s military service members, veterans and their families by coordinating services and resources for them.

Last May, an aluminum can and steel drive was held at Clarence’s Recycling in Isanti to benefit Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Last May, an aluminum can and steel drive was held at Clarence’s Recycling in Isanti to benefit Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Clarence’s Recycling have teamed up for the past several years. Last year, Clarence’s donated $1,350 to the nonprofit organization.

“It’s an absolutely amazing event,” said Yellow Ribbon fundraising chair Gail Genin. “Clarence’s has been so generous and is one of our major contributors.”

Clarence’s Recycling’s fundraiser is held in memory of original owner Clarence Scharpen, who had donated to the organization and was a Korean War veteran.

“We always love to have a great turnout and help the veterans out,” said Clarence’s granddaughter Kella Harmer.

Genin said it’s a good time of the year to host the event because many people are cleaning out their homes and garages. Genin hopes to raise about $2,000 this year. There will also be another drive in October

Clarence’s Recycling is located at 27973 Highway 65 on the southern border of Isanti and can be reached at 763-444-9901.

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