Dan Lee

Dan Lee

Empties bolster programs

Empty pop and beer cans may only be worth a few cents each, but when added up, they can make a difference for people opening a new chapter in their life.

Empty pop and beer cans may only be worth a few cents each, but when added up, they can make a difference for people opening a new chapter in their life.

The Upper Room Mission is urging residents to drop off unwanted beverage containers so money can be raised for programs that provide residents with life skills and assistance with food and housing.

“It gives money to the people who do the work sorting and it pays for cleaning supplies here and it helps with the outreach workers,” said Bobbe MacKenzie, a volunteer and mission board member.

Bottles and cans will be collected year round at the mission at 3403 27th Ave.

The hours for drop-off are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon (ring main door on weekends).

MacKenzie hopes the community will get behind the new fundraiser.

“Please help us help others,” she said.

Police cars are a common sight at the mission but MacKenzie says they are there as part of improved relations with clients and their presence should not prevent residents from dropping bottles and cans off.

“The  police cars are not because of trouble but because of the great co-operation we now have with the RCMP and the auxiliary police,” she said.

For more information about donating to the Upper Room Mission, call 250-549-1231.