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"GRANDS" Invite Community To Help Beautify Senior Center By Recycling E-Waste

By Diana Sevanian

For KHTS AM 1220

Sponsored By:

Chiquita Canyon

To Gerri McCorkle, Jan Fear and Corinn Miklosovic, members
of the volunteer group, the GRANDS, recycling presents an excellent means for
bringing "new life" to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

Keeping with that idea, the GRANDS - an acronym for "Giving
Respect and Nurturing to Deserving Seniors," - will hold an e-waste recycling
event on Sunday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the Senior
Center.

Proceeds will benefit numerous GRANDS projects designed to
enhance the Center's appearance and comfort while utilizing volunteer elbow
grease from numerous individuals, including Santa Clarita Valley youth groups.

"Funds collected, generated from the recycling of
no-longer-wanted electronic items, will assist in the purchase of paint,
furniture and other supplies to refresh and modernize rooms throughout the
Senior Center," said McCorkle, a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Dept. and longtime community member and volunteer.

E-waste recycling is another example of the Senior
Center's ongoing endeavors to
"green" up and become better stewards of the environment. Other such efforts include
the recent installation of energy-saving sun tunnels at the Senior Center
(thanks to its collaboration between the City of Santa  Clarita and the Community
Energy Partnership), and the Center's newly begun "Full Cycle" recycling
program. The latter helps support the Senior
Center and local students through
their own recycling of plastic bottles and cans.

Bringing joy to seniors was at the forefront of the GRANDS'
plans last year when they developed the "shoebox campaign." That philanthropic
project created and delivered more than 700 decorated shoe boxes filled with
edibles, handmade crafts, local movie tickets, and a variety of other useful
personal and household items to local seniors (many of them homebound or
residing in assisted living facilities).

McCorkle urges community members to support the e-waste
event by dropping off their electronics at the Senior
Center on Sunday. Items accepted for
free recycling include:

* Computer monitors and towers
* Laptops
* Fax machines
* Stereo systems
* Mice (as in plural for computer mouse)
* Speakers
* TV's, plasma screens, CRT and LCD Screens
* Copiers
* Calculators

* Keyboards
* Cell phones
* Telephones
* Video game consoles
* Video games
* Empty inkjet cartridges
* GPS systems
* Digital cameras
* PDAs/Palm Pilots
* iPods
* DVD movies

"Our hope is that through this project we can ultimately
help brighten the day for every senior who visits the Senior
Center," McCorkle stated.

 

The Senior Center
is located at 22900 Market St.
in Santa Clarita. For more information about E-Waste recycling event, call Jan
Fear at (661) 299-1561 or Corinn Miklosovic at (661) 607-2579. For information
on Electronic Recyclers International, call 1-800-RECYCLING
or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.