Starting Monday, Oregonians can donate money from cans and returnable bottles directly to relief efforts in Ukraine.
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which runs the BottleDrop program, allows users to donate to Portland-based Mercy Corps, which is actively helping people displaced by war in Ukraine, the agency said in a press release. Monday.
Mercy Corps is provide cash assistance to local organizations in Ukraine, Romania and Poland that focus on urgent humanitarian needs.
OBRC will match these donations with a $25,000 contribution from its emergency fund.
BottleDrop users can login to their accounts and direct funds to the effort or bring returnable items directly to a BottleDrop center and notify staff that they wish to donate the money to Ukraine.
“We are devastated by the tragedy in Ukraine, and wanted to find a way to engage the BottleDrop network and help Ukrainians seeking safety,” said Eric Chambers, director of external relations at OBRC, in the communicated.
“Oregonians regularly use their bottles and cans to support nonprofits and community organizations,” Chambers said. “We now have the opportunity to use our BottleDrop funds and returnable containers to help our distant neighbors in Ukraine during this horrific crisis.”