For Hermiston residents who have accumulated a large collection of cans and bottles while staying hydrated this summer, the Hermiston BottleDrop and Agape House are providing a way for those items to go to good use.

On Tuesday, July 31 from 1-4 p.m. people can drop off their cans and bottles at the BottleDrop, 740 W. Hermiston Ave., and ask that the proceeds from the deposits go to Agape House. Also, people can make arrangements for pick-up service for large amounts of cans and bottles by calling Agape House director Dave Hughes at 541-567-8774.

The money will be used for Agape House’s weekend food program that provides local students in need with a bag of food each weekend. Bottledrop, Hughes said, is matching donations given July 31, up to $1,000.

“It’s a way for people to give and that’s a pretty good incentive,” Hughes said.

The Hermiston BottleDrop is part of a network of redemption centers run by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative. BottleDrop Give offers a number of ways customers can give back to local nonprofits. In addition to participating in fundraising days like the one for the Agape House, they can log into their BottleDrop account and transfer money in their account to a nonprofit or they can pick up special blue bags marked for specific nonprofits, fill them with cans and bottles, and then drop them off at the site. Cans and bottles will be redeemed on behalf of that nonprofit. For more information, visit www.bottledropcenters.com.

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