CASA surpasses expectations, pauses can collection for 2023

Oct. 30—Vigo County CASA has exceeded expectations in its can collection fundraiser, and no more cans can be taken to Sugar Creek Scrap for 2023.

The can collection began July 10.

The goal was to collect 300,000 aluminum cans, which would equate to a roughly $5,000 donation to the program, CASA stated in July.

"We are overwhelmed at the amazing support of this initiative to help the children of our community," said Glenna Cheesman, Vigo County CASA director.

But at this time, CASA asks that no more donations be made to Sugar Creek Scrap.

Matt and Elise Hagdoran own Sugar Creek Scrap, Inc.

On Monday, Matt Hagdoran stated, "There has to be over a million cans. We currently have two, 30-yard metal containers full and more on the ground. It is exciting to see the generosity of the community, but now the processing has to begin, which involves opening and sorting all the cans so that they can be properly prepared to be shipped out and the check can be given to CASA by the end of the year."

Cheesman said several area businesses, organizations and individuals are currently collecting.

"We will be in touch with those businesses in what to do with what they have collected to date and what we will be doing with them. We will also be posting on our social media accounts the next phase for those who have collected, so please be watching," she said.

Cheesman said this will be a project again in 2024, with a few changes.

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