The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake is collecting beer, wine and liquor bottles, and beer and pop cans to raise money for the organization’s local and international initiatives.
All money raised over the next month from the holiday bottle and can drive will go toward the various charities the group supports, with a focus on hunger issues, NOTL Rotary president Ken Schander said.
The one-off fundraiser was planned to help supplement some of the events the club normally holds.
Members of the service club have been branching out in their fundraising efforts this year, planning virtual events and modified fundraisers to adapt to the pandemic restrictions and regulations.
“This time of the year we know that people will have a few extra bottles or cans around, and if they let us cash them in, we would do good with it,” Schander said. “We appreciate what people can contribute and they have our commitment to use it in a way that's going to end up benefiting others.”
The bottle drive will take place at various locations around the community: Historic Lyons House B&B at 8 Centre St., in Old Town; 5 Sentry Circle at Garrison Village; Twin Power Financial at 231 Four Mile Creek Rd. in St. Davids; Peninsula Flooring at 13 Henegan Rd., in Virgil and 19-45 Dorchester Blvd., in St. Catharines.
Drop-off locations will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19, and Jan. 2 and 9.