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Monday, July 9, 2012

Pastorgraphs: “Parents and Coca Cola Cans”

E-Vangel Newsletter
July 9, 2012

Pastorgraphs: “Parents and Coca Cola Cans”

I learned two amazing facts recently. First, there is a glob of putrid plastic the size of Texas floating in the mid-Pacific Ocean. It is made up mostly of discarded plastic bottles. Secondly, there are hundreds of children in the California foster care system who have no contact with their parents deported to Mexico. Now what in the world could these two facts have to do with each other? Or us?

Last week, I met with Richard Villasana, CEO of Find Relatives in Mexico. His organization has helped over 4,100 families reunite over the past 20 years. He has been so successful such agencies as the State of Oregon, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Ninth Circuit Court, and foster care agencies have used their services.

Regardless of your views on immigration and deportation, put yourself in the place of a child whose parents are suddenly sent to another country. No means to communicate with them, no resources to reconnect, no knowledge of how to begin. Find Relatives in Mexico becomes their advocate. Finding family support lessens the burden on the State.

What does that have to do with plastic bottles, and us? When Find Relatives in Mexico  lost some grant funding, rather than close down, as many such agencies have done, they decided to do their own fund raising. So they began asking churches and other groups to partner with them in a recycling project.

Where else can you help the environment and help reunite families at the same time? It is a win-win. There is now a special dumpster located in the church parking lot next to the entrance to the Social Hall. You may place your plastic bottles and aluminum cans (no paper or glass) in the dumpster. Find Families in Mexico will take care of processing the recyclables, and they will share the proceeds with us!

I hung a plastic bag in the garage to collect our cans and bottles. In less than a week, it is almost full. Wow. Now it is on its way to the church’s recycle bin. And if you wonder, Waste Management is OK with this arrangement. We still use the larger WM recycle dumpster for paper, cardboard and glass.

At the CalRecycle website, you may request a sturdy cardboard box for your home or office to collect the recycling. Limit one per address. This is FREE and makes it easy to collect recyclables. When it is full, bring it to Christ Ministry Center and help us fill the recycle bin.

So help us get out the word. Bring us your aluminum cans and plastic bottles. You will help accomplish much good, and may help some child find his or her relatives.

Bless you, one and all, Brother Bill

From the Quote Garden
“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use.  And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried:  "Look at this God-awful mess."”
~ Art Buchwald

Christ United Methodist Ministry Center
“Christ in the Heart of San Diego”
3295 Meade Avenue - San Diego, CA 92116 - (619) 284-9205

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