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Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity asks for aluminum cans

The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for empty beer and soda cans. The annual...
The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for empty beer and soda cans. The annual Cans for Habitat drive is more important to them this year than ever.(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:16 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for empty beer and soda cans. The annual Cans for Habitat drive is more important to them this year than ever.

They have been selected among other Habitat affiliates across the country to compete to see who can collect the most aluminum cans. The one with the most gets a $5,000 prize. The Grand Island Habitat said they need those funds for the builds in the next calendar year.

“The $5,000 would be used towards construction. This last year in 2020 the price of all sorts of building materials went sky high so our cost to build has significantly increased,” Executive Director Dana Jelinek said.

They are still playing catch up for the 2019 floods that set back a lot of their builds. They will also be selecting a few families for new builds once the application process ends.

“We already have planned two very special builds for 2021 which are the faith build and the home builders blitz,” Jelinek said. “We still are working on one of our houses that started last year and the houses we did in 2020 took much longer than normal.”

Cans will be collected at the various drop sites in Hall, Hamilton, Howard, and Merrick counties until the last Friday of the month.

Drop sites:

Aurora - Pump and Pantry

Cairo - Pump and Pantry

Central City - Pump and Pantry

Chapman - Pump and Pantry

Doniphan - Pump and Pantry

St. Libory - Pump and Pantry

St. Paul - Pump and Pantry

Wood River - United Methodist Church

Grand Island - Pump and Pantry locations at Hwy 281 & Capital Ave., Hwy 281 & Stolley Park Rd., Shady Bend & Bismark, South Locust

Grand Island - Ace Hardware

Grand Island - Kramer’s Auto Parts and Iron

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