A Little Scrap Metal and Some Time Can Make a Difference

Our community was trying to raise money for a child who needed help with medical expenses including things such as help for household and living expenses as one parent had to quit working to provide the needed care. With scrap metal prices rising, I thought it would be cool to do a community drive to get aluminum cans to sell for scrap and give them the money. We had to register with the state to accept donations, but I paid for the fee myself. Then I thought, why just collect aluminum cans? Lots of people have scrap pieces of copper and other aluminum that would add up.

We took donations at our home. Soon I had the garage filled with cans, scrap gutters and downspouts, pieces of copper pipe and wire and a whole lot more copper and aluminum. One guy brought aluminum ingots he had laying around for years. He literally had a ton of it. It took me several loads in my full size heavy duty pickup truck to transport all of the aluminum and copper to the scrap yard. The scrap metal netted many thousands of dollars to help the family. Not only that, many people that did not have scrap metal donated cash.

The family had enough to cover a year of the lost income and the elevated living expenses. I helped build a wheelchair ramp for them using lumber donated by a local home supply center. We were able to help them out during this tough time without them needing to declare bankruptcy. I was wondering what would happen if we all would donate time and things such as scrap cans for a good cause. I imagine struggling people would finally be able to take a breath of relief. All it takes is a little coordinated effort.