Bottle, can drive to aid Honor Flight Syracuse program

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NEW HARTFORD — Sangertown Square mall is teaming up with TOMRA, one of the world’s most accomplished bottle and can recyclers, to launch a massive bottle and can drive beginning Saturday, April 9, benefiting Honor Flight Syracuse and the veterans it supports throughout Central New York.

Dubbed “Yes we CAN for Veterans,” the fundraiser aims to collect bottles and cans to support Honor Flight Syracuse and its mission to fly as many Central New York veterans as possible at no cost to Washington, D.C. to experience the war memorials built in their honor.

Aiding in the effort is Sangertown Square, which will host the big bottle and can drop-off weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, in the upper parking lot by Seneca Turnpike from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

“By the simple task collecting bottles and cans and bringing them to our ‘Yes we CAN for Veterans’ event on drop-off day, you will help support Honor Flight Syracuse and veterans throughout our region,” said Stephen Nee, executive vice-president of TOMRA. “We’re so incredibly grateful to our employees and our customers for helping us in these efforts, which is very personal to me and an important endeavor on many levels.”

Kevin Bradley, president of Honor Flight Syracuse, said nothing is more important than showing a deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice of the veterans they serve throughout Central New York.

“We are so honored and thankful to have TOMRA and Sangertown Square support our efforts in raising awareness for Honor Flight Syracuse and donations for our veterans, helping continue our mission of flying them to Washington, D.C. to receive the honor and recognition that they so rightfully deserve,” Bradley said.

Every bottle or can collected April 9 and 10 will result in up to 6-cents for Honor Flight Syracuse and veterans all throughout Central New York.

Those interested in donating bottles and cans, but can’t make it to Sangertown Square, TOMRA will extend the collection event and accept bottle and can donations through April 16 at its Bottle and Can Retrieval Centers in the Utica-Rome area, including at:

• 1318 Erie Blvd W., Rome

• 917 Oriskany St., Utica

• 1135 N. Main St., Oneida.

Online donations to Honor Flight Syracuse can also be made at: https://honorflightsyracuse.org/.

About Honor Flight

Syracuse

Honor Flight Network was formed in 2005 to transport veterans at no cost to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. Honor Flight’s current focus is WWII and Korean War veterans, as well as those from any conflict with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Syracuse, currently led by President Bradley, conducted its inaugural mission in October 2012 for 27 veterans and since then, more than 900 veterans. 

HFS serves 10 counties in the greater Central New York area, and one of 130 Regional Hubs in the National Honor Flight Network. 

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