Arthur, Palmerston groups holding bottle drives on Saturday

April 25 events will benefit Palmerston hospital and food banks in Arthur, Palmerston

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Two groups in north Wellington are hosting bottle drives on Saturday benefitting two food banks and a local hospital.

The Arthur Optimist Club’s April 25 bottle drive will raise funds for the local food bank.

Arthur residents are asked to have empties at the end of their driveway by 9am for pickup by club members.

“Our members will not be coming into any residences and will be practicing the required safe distancing,” club officials state.

“We will be wearing the required safety items and will have hand sanitizer. Please respect the space of our members. We will not be having a drop-off site.”

Those living outside Arthur who would like to donate bottles should contact a club member to make arrangements.

Palmerston drive

The April 25 bottle drive in Palmerston will benefit the local food bank and the Palmerston and District Hospital.

Organizers are asking Palmerston residents to set separate bottles and cans and have them placed in bags and boxes at the end of their driveways by 9am.

“Social distancing will be in effect. However we would love a wave or two,” notes Judith Vines, one of the organizers.

Vines said the idea began as a pickup-on-request concept, but response was so strong organizers decided it needs to drive around town to make pickups.

The Palmerston Lions Club has come on board to help out with financial details.

With social distancing requirements ruling out many types of fundraising, Vines said a bottle drive seems like a good solution.

“It’s a very scary time and if people feel they are helping in some small way, then that helps them out too,” she said.