If I show up at a Beer Store near you on Saturday with a trunk full of empties, kindly give me the benefit of the doubt and don't assume they're all mine.
It's been a while since my last excursion to find bottles, but this time it's for a good cause. The Christmas Exchange is holding its annual bottle drive, Running on Empties, on Saturday, December 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to raise funds for its food hamper program.
I've helped out with Christmas hamper projects before, delivering boxes of goods to needy families, lonely elders and the borderline homeless. It's a sobering experience, to see a family of four living in one room with only a Coleman stove and a few threadbare blankets. This isn't a third world country, this is right around the corner, or down the street. Right here, in Canada. No one should have to live like that.
So this year, I'll be making the rounds in my neighbourhood to collect empty wine and beer bottles and bring them to the Beer Store, where the Exchange's volunteers will turn them in for cash, and that cash will go towards food for hungry bellies and a bit of Christmas cheer for the less fortunate.
Wanna help out? Drop me a line if you're in Ottawa and I'll come by to pick up your dead soldiers. Or bring them to your local Beer Store. Either way, spread the joy, and get drunk on the good that comes from giving.