Oregon bottles and can deposits can be redeemed to support Mercy Corps' Ukrainian relief efforts through April 10, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)
Oregonians redeeming bottle deposits can now donate their earnings toward Ukranian relief efforts.
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Corporation is partnering with Portland-based Mercy Corps and will match up to $25,000 in donations from bottle redemptions through April 10, according to a Monday morning news release.
Anyone redeeming bottle and can deposits can let employees at a BottleDrop location know they'd like to donate their funds to Mercy Corps' Ukrainian relief efforts, which include cash assistance for refugees and information for those fleeing from the war.
Those with Green Bag accounts can make a donation from their BottleDrop account online by going to BottleDropCenters.com/Ukraine and logging in.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, more than three million people have fled their homes, with millions more expected to become refugees.
“A devastating catastrophe is unfolding in Ukraine and in the region, costing and threatening lives and livelihoods, driving families apart and causing mass displacement. We are grateful for the immense generosity we’re seeing from people globally and here in our hometown community and across the State of Oregon to support our efforts to help Ukrainians in urgent need of assistance,” said Lynn Hector, director of communications at Mercy Corps, in a statement.