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Can and bottle drive set for Saturday, July 14, in the parking lot at the Bomber Restaurant on McLoughlin Boulevard

Tired of hauling your redeemable cans around and feeding them into a machine, only to get sticky and a couple of bucks for your effort?

Lions International"Lighten your load by donating your cans to us and help local citizens at the same time," said Milwaukie Lions Club member Carrie Bartley. "Simply drop off your cans and we will take care of the rest. You can save yourself some time and know that your donation is going to a great cause – supporting our community!"

The club will be holding a can and bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the parking lot at the Bomber Restaurant on McLoughlin Boulevard.

The project is called "Cans for a Cause," and the funds raised will go to support the local Backpack Buddies program and the club's sight-and-hearing mission to provide eye glasses and hearing aids to those who can't afford them.

Backpack Buddies serves more than 800 hungry elementary and preschool children in the North Clackamas School District. The Milwaukie Lions Club provides for Oak Grove Elementary School a variety of food for the weekend for up to 84 children each week during the school year. Enough food is sent home with the students for at least two meals over the weekend, and extra food is sent home over holiday weekends and vacation.

In addition to can and bottle donations, the club also welcomes the community to drop off used eyeglasses, hearing aids and old cell phones for recycling.

For more information, stop by the Bomber parking lot on July 14.

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