The Alexander City Recycling Center volunteers were on hand Friday to present checks to 20 local organizations. | Laura Pemberton

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Recycling Center puts profits to work

Published 10:16am Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Alexander City Recycling Center keeps recyclables out of landfills, and they put the profit to good use.

“We raised more than $13,500 last year,” President Clarence Abernathy said. “The price of newsprint has fallen so we’re down about a third. We’re still giving; we’re just giving a smaller amount.”

The center presented checks to 20 local organizations Friday with the money raised from recycling products.

“We consider you the leaders of Alexander City,” Abernathy told the organization’s representatives. “You provide more services anyone else for this grand community of ours. We thank you for everything you’ve done.”

The 20 agencies that received donations were grateful for the center’s hard work and support.

“I’d like to say thank you,” said Mayor Charles Shaw, who accepted a check on behalf of the city. “We’re blessed to have volunteers in the city that’ll come out here and work. I hope young people will have the same care and consideration for the city that you do.”

Many of the organizations outlined what the money would be used for.

Leanne Calhoun, president of The Alexander City Schools Education Foundation, said the organization will use the donation to purchase supplies for classrooms like iPads for students in grades 7 through 12.

“It puts extra technology into schools that might otherwise get funded,” Calhoun said. “We appreciate this money and it will be put to good use.”

Camp Director Matt Rickman accepted a check on behalf of Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults (Camp ASCCA) and said the money would go toward the Campership Fund.

“This money will go directly to our campership fund to help fund either full or partial camperships,” Rickman said. “For so many of our campers the cost of camp is a struggle. We very much appreciate what you gentlemen do.”

Representatives from the Alexander City Board of Education, the Benjamin Russell High School band, Boys and Girls Club, Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama, Gateway to Education, Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center, Sav-a-Life, the Alexander City Education Foundation, Children’s Harbor, Meals on Wheels, Camp ASCCA, Care Alabama, Camp Fire Girls, Relay for Life and the Alexander City Rescue Squad also received donations during the ceremony.