Tom tells a touching story about his grandmother, who’s recently moved into an assisted living home:
One of the things she had to give-up with her loss of independence is something I’m hoping you can help me with: She used to collect used stamps and soda-can “tabs” to send to the BC Guide Dogs Society. She displays a picture of a Guide Dog that the money made from her used stamps and soda-can tabs helped to train. It’s already sad that she shares a room with two other women who are basically catatonic, and the loss of this ability to contribute to one of her favorite charities just exacerbates an already crummy situation.
Tom’s trying to gather all the used stamps and soda-can tabs he can by the end of the month:
Cut-out the top right-hand corner of your envelopes that you receive and send them to me along with any soda-can tabs. Mail them to me at 45 Dunlevy Ave, Suite 230A Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3
If I can collect enough of them by July 31st, 2007, there’s a good chance that the folks at BC Guide Dog Society might bring one of their dogs to my Gramma’s care home for a visit with her and all of the other residents.
What a nice, charming, ‘think locally’ story. Go forth and send Tom your junk. I’d help, but I get no mail in Malta, and my soda comes in cool retro bottles.
Incidentally, am I the only one wondering how used stamps and soda-can tabs are converted into cash? Tom called the BC Guide Dogs Society, and they apparently make $1000 off of them.
Speaking of dogs and charity, I also wanted to mention Jen and her friendly, hospital-visiting canine.