Bottle & Can Box Celebrates it’s 15th Year

CHARLTON – If you’re a Charlton resident, chances are that you’ve seen the Charlton Lions Club’s purple Bottle & Can Box across from the Main Street Post Office.  Fifteen years ago, the Lions embarked on a different twist to the old fashion bottle drive – they built a permanent box to create a drop off for redeemable bottles and cans.

The Lions are always looking for ways to fundraise for their many charitable causes, and that’s how the Bottle & Can Box was born.  The Box was the idea of Lions members Steve & Shelley Doucette.  “To be honest, we stole the idea from a Lions Club in Vermont.  We saw their box and thought it was a great idea,” said Steve Doucette.  The idea is simple.  Most people want to recycle their old bottles and cans, but they don’t have the time to go to a store and feed the recycling machine.  “So, we decided to build a permanent recycling box to give folks a place to donate their redeemable bottles and cans year-round,” said Shelley Doucette.

The idea took off immediately, and the Box has been raising money for charities in Charlton ever since.  Jack and Sandra Bacon allowed the Lions to put the first Box on their property in the center of Town.  Thank you, Jack and Sandra, for starting something really special.  There are now two boxes across from the Post Office, just waiting for your redeemable bottles and cans.

Over the past 15 years the Bottle & Can Box has raised almost $20,000 from the generous donations of the people of Charlton.  All the money the Lions Club raises through the Bottle & Can Box donations goes back to funding our charitable projects; like Walmart Christmas gift cards, handicap ramps, eye glasses and hearing aids for seniors, and scholarships for graduating Charlton high school seniors.  Over the years the Lions have shared the Box with other non-profits and charities in town, like the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Youth Football and Cheerleaders, the Charlton Leos Club and so many more.  If you run a youth organization, or a non-profit, and would like to use the Bottle & Can Box as a fundraiser for your group, please email us at “thecharltonlions@gmail.com,” and give us your contact information.

So, after 15 years of collecting bottles and cans, the Charlton Lions would like to thank all of you who have donated your bottles and cans.  We have received almost 400,000 bottles and cans, so thank you to all the Coke, Pepsi, Bud Light and Coors Light drinkers throughout the town.  Your effort to help the Lions Club by emptying those cans does not go unappreciated.  Just a note to our faithful donators, the Box is designed to receive just redeemable 5 cent cans and bottles.  We cannot take items, like water bottles, that do not have a 5 cent redeemable label.  So, before you bring your bag of bottles and cans, if you could do one last sort to make sure that only 5 cent cans and bottles are donated, we would greatly appreciate it.

If you’re interested in learning more about what the Charlton Lions Club does for our Town, or perhaps if the Lions Club could help you, please email us at thecharltonlions@gmail.com, or call Steve Doucette, the Club President, at (508) 248-4411.  Be Part of Something Great – Become a LION.

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