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Recycle for Relay program cashing in on scrap metal

From STAFF REPORTS
When money is tight, it can be hard to find ways to still offer financial support to good causes.
With that in mind, the American Cancer Society of Washington County has a new way to help you make a difference in finding a cure for cancer — one that won’t require you to reach for your checkbook.
“I have some friends who own the recycling company, Metal Recycling Inc.,” said Ronda Forrester, captain of the SunTrust Bank Relay For Life team named Team Strength. “I called and asked them, ‘If I started a Recycle for Relay program, could we have drop sites for unwanted scrap metal with the money from it going toward Relay For Life?’”
“They thought it was a wonderful idea.”
Recently, employees of SunTrust Bank in Johnson City kicked off the Recycle for Relay program by cleaning out the bank’s basement and pitching all of the scrap metal into the designated Dumpster at one of the drop sites.
“I knew we had a lot of unused items in the lower level of the bank and with the help of our area manager and bank manager, we made arrangements for those items to be donated to the cause,” Forrester said. “I hope that in these struggling times, when people are not going to be able to give as much in cash donations, that everybody has junk lying around their house they can give away.”
Now, anyone with scrap metal to discard can help fight cancer by bringing it to the Recycle for Relay drop sites located at 1213 Militia Court, Elizabethton and 639 Woodlyn Road, Johnson City.
The monetary value of the scrap metal will be donated directly to the ACS Relay For Life event, set for June 11 at Indian Trail Middle School in Johnson City.
For more information, contact the ACS office at (423) 926-2921.