No can do: Merrimack’s “Cans for Kids” program ends

Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON John Grady, left, and Ted Parmenter, members of the Exchange Club of Merrimack, load up the last of hundreds of donated aluminum beverage cans that generated some $70,000 through the club’s “Cans for Kids” program, one that provided numerous benefits to the town’s youth and families but now is ended after a lifespan of 29 years.
Courtesy photo by LEE GILMORE Exchange Club of Merrimack past-president Ted Parmenter, can recycling chairman, and John Grady, charter member, display at the Merrimack Library the debris that remains after the purposeful demolition by them of one of the club’s four “Cans for Kids” recycling sheds, sturdy wooden structures hand-built by volunteers in 1988 that were located around town for the convenient donation of aluminum beverage cans that funded numerous club programs.
Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON Charter member John Grady, left, and Ted Parmenter, can recycling chairman for the Exchange Club of Merrimack, dislodge wooden planks from the last of four volunteer-built recycling units, repositories used for 29 years in the club’s “Cans for Kids” program, now ended after generating over time some $70,000 for club programs.
Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON A bounty of aluminum beverage cans donated to the Exchange Club of Merrimack’s “Cans for Kids” program await a trip to Manchester Recycling, a local firm that purchased the aluminum recyclables and thus generated funds for club programs, efforts that included scholarships, food pantry donations, citizen recognition programs and many other projects before the program ended.
Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON John Grady, charter member of the Exchange Club of Merrimack, left, and Ted Parmenter, the club’s can recycling chairman and a past president, load a final cargo of hundreds of aluminum beverage cans into a trailer for transport to a Manchester recycling facility whose purchases of the cans by the pound generated funds for the club’s “Cans for Kids” program, recently ended.
Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON Ted Parmenter, can recycling chairman for the “Cans for Kids” program, pries loose a board during the demolition of the last of four recycling structures that were a part of an aluminum beverage can recycling program operated for 29 years until its close this month by the Exchange Club of Merrimack, a group founded in 1984 by eight locals intent on engaging in projects of benefit to the community and its youth.

Businesses, civic organizations and other entities with a focus on fundraising are invited to inquire about reviving in their towns a newly discontinued “Cans for Kids” aluminum beverage can recycling program, a Merrimack enterprise that generated some $70,000 in its lifetime of 29 years.

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