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Recycling for Charities Will Have a Semi-Truck to fill with donations at the Walgreens on Woodward and 13 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak.

Come out and donate wireless electronics, clothes, canned food and toys to support

Recycling for Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and Toys for Tots.

ROYAL OAK, MI. - December 1st , 2005 - Recycling for Charities will be at the Walgreens (30852 Woodward Ave) on the North Eastern corner of Woodward and 13 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak on Friday, December 9 th starting at 5pm, Saturday, December 10 th , and Sunday, December 11 th with a semi-truck, to collect donations for Recycling for Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, Toys for Tots, and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

The founders of Recycling for Charities will be staying at Walgreens for 48 hours, camping out to collect donations. The Holiday donation drive will support St Vincent de Paul by collecting coats and warm clothing, Gleaners Community Food Bank by collecting non-perishable high protein food items, Toys for Tots by collecting new, still wrapped toys, and Recycling for Charities, a non-profit electronics recycler, that will be collecting cell phones, pagers, PDA's, iPods', digital cameras and ink cartridges to support charity. You can also donate online at anytime at www.recyclingforcharities.com.

At the site will be a semi-truck that Recycling for Charities hopes to fill with donations. The truck will be a big reminder of the donations that are needed to help the needy this holiday season. Donors can bring electronics, clothing and coats, brand new still wrapped toys, and non perishable food items and to the location anytime during the weekend. The donations will be distributed to the charities at the end of the weekend and will go benefit our local community.

"We are camping out to show people our dedication to the cause and we hope that people will respond with the same kindness by coming out to bring donations." Said Dwight Zahringer, President and co-founder of Recycling for Charities.

"If you can't donate money, then donate cell phones, clothes, food or toys. There is no reason everyone couldn't give something." Said Pete Garbowski, co-founder of Recycling for Charities.

The primary goal of Recycling for Charities is to keep disposed of wireless equipment, also known as "e-waste," from gathering in landfills where it can harm the environment. Cellular phones and other small electronic devices contain toxins such as lead and mercury that can leak out of landfills and contaminate sources of drinking water. The organization also supports environmental education and charity partnerships that benefit the earth.

"Our partnership with Recycling for Charities has proven to be mutually beneficial. Said Bartholomew Seymour III, President of the Board for St. Vincent de Paul. "For their founders to be sleeping out in the cold to help support people who sleep in the cold all winter is a testament to their charity."

"In challenging times, it is a blessing that charities like Recycling for Charities step up to the plate to help those who have less. These efforts translate into food for all those individuals in the Metropolitan Detroit Area that are in need." Said John Kastler, Vice President, Program Services for Gleaners Community Food Bank.

About Recycling for Charities

Recycling for Charities (www.recyclingforcharities.com) handles all collected electronic waste responsibly with the well being of the environment as the primary concern. RFC is Michigan nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate cell phones to charity, as well as PDA's, Palm Pilots and digital cameras, in an effort that benefits charity and the environment at large. For every charity phone donation one provides, RFC donates one dollar to the foundation or cause selected. All RFC donations are tax-deductible. Visit: www.recyclingforcharities.com

About St. Vincent de Paul

SVdP is a major provider of human and disaster-relief services for 22,000 families in six counties of southeast Michigan , including Wayne , Oakland , Macomb , Lapeer, St. Clair and Monroe . SVdP assists people in crisis who have been victims of fires or floods, lost their job, or other urgent situations by providing emergency assistance with vouchers for food, clothing and housing. SVdP works in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Detroit, networking with 2,000 Vincentian volunteers who collect donations from community members for those in need of temporary assistance. Visit: http://www.svdpdet.org

About Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners Community Food Bank (founded as the third food bank in the country in 1977) and The Food Bank of Oakland County (founded in 1986) join together as Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to continue nourishing communities by feeding hungry people. This is done by securing surplus food from farmers, grocery retailers, food distributors and processors that would otherwise go to waste. The food is safely stored and distributed to agencies that are direct providers of nutritious meals to those in need. This holiday season Gleaners is collecting high protein food items to help aid the hurricane victims. For more information about gleaners food bank please visit: http://www.gcfb.org

About Toys for Tots

Through the gift of a shiny new toy, U.S. Marines have been bringing the joy of Christmas to America 's neediest children each year for the past 57 years. From 1947 through 2004, Marines distributed over 332.5 million toys to more than 158.8 million needy children. One of the goals of the program is to deliver a message of hope that will inspire youngsters to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. For more information visit: http://www.toysfortots.org or http://www.toysfortotssemi.com/pages/1/index.htm


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