I had an amazing last week and had to share.... After your press conference (01/31/07) I was even MORE moved to do something. Not only am I committed to donating all The Life Group LA's event's and program's Recyclables, but am committed to making more of a difference from home too.
My neighbors and I pooled our bottles and cans and last week I took them to work with me in the back of the car.... Guess what I found... Carlos... A wonderful man that got dealt a stream of bad luck and that now lives in his beat up pick-up.
Carlos allowed me to photograph his truck.
I noted he had some bags and loose bottles and cans in the back of his truck and asked him if he would like more and he elatedly smiled and said "oh yes". I helped him load his truck, which when full will bring him about $100.00.
When I asked him what these cans will help him do, he replied, It will bring my family peace for a few days. I can get a motel room for my wife and I for three days. We can sleep in a bed, take a shower and have a few meals on each of those days.
I challenge everyone to make the simple effort, to help make it possible for a simple person to enjoy the simple pleasures of having shelter, a shower and something to eat.
- Sunnie, February 1, 2007
I fully realized the potential of your program when I gave a sack of cans and bottles to a man in need one morning. This was nothing for me, just my garbage, but when I handed this man the garbage bag full of cans and bottles bag he almost began to cry. It wasn't the monetary amount -- were talking less than $10 in cans and bottles -- it was the fact that somebody acknowledged that he was having trouble and offered to help. I couldn't believe how good it made me feel -- just by giving away my garbage.
- Kelly H, Collector
The great thing about Extra Cans For the Needy is that it's simple and effective and doesn't take away from anyone or anything... and there's a wonderful communal effort involved... just a little... A bunch of people doing just a little bit...How powerful is that?
- Jordan S., actor, November 16, 2006
Steven and I went to spec Adam Sandler's new film, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" today. We didn't get to work but we stuck around anyway to collect all of the bottles from base camp. And really, how could we not? Chuck & Larry was the birth of Extra Cans.
We ended up with a pretty good amount. On our way walking to the train station, we handed the bag off to a man who had a bag of about 3 or 4 cans with him. Steven simply asked, "Would you like this bag of bottles?" ... and his face lit up so much. His reply had an air of ecstatic disbelief.. "I.. I would! Thank you!"
We then turned around to wait at the crosswalk, and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that he was still looking over at us, with the most amazing smile on his face. I returned the smile as the signal changed and we crossed the street.
Before we left base camp, I made sure to snap a picture of Steven with our bag of bottles (see photo, above). He took a picture of me with the bag on his digital camera, but I'm not sure if he's got the internet back up and working at his house yet.
- Teresa K,, actor, November 30, 2006
I worked for free as a PA on this short film the past three days, and so made it my job to collect all the cans, bottles and glass. I ended up with one of those large black trash can bags, and drove (nobody was close to the location) to find the first homeless/needy person I could. Yay, I finally did it. Where would that guy be had you not encouraged all this? He was thrilled!!! Word to the wise though...be very careful of drippage. My back seat smells and is wet. Haha. Hope you are having a fabulous week.
- JP, actor, December 3, 2006
JP worked in drag on the upcoming Adam Sandler film, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry."
I've even got my friends collecting Mike. I can't tell you how great it feels. I've always recycled, but this way I can see and feel an immediate impact instead of waitng for the earth not to blow up, know what I mean?
- Jackie W, actor, December 9, 2006
Dear Mike: We met on the set of "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" and you are a True Crusader. You can add me to your can collecting list, as I collect them use double garbage bags to prevent leakage and when I note a homeless person pushing a cart, I pull over and donate my 'stash'. T'is a good feeling, indeed and you are the Godfather of this marvelous idea. God Bless.
- Sugano, January 15, 2007
Please help us to get the word out to help our Homeless in the Homeland. (this should not be anymore!) Any help you ‘CAN’ give us would be greatly appreciated by myself and the 3.5 Million Homeless people in our country.
- Mystery Mike Hennessey