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Seniors turn trash into dollars

E-Waste project is gold for Senior Center

Posted: March 27, 2009 11:49 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

"One man's junk is another man's treasure."

In the recycling business, that saying couldn't be truer.

To Gerri McCorkle, Jan Fear and Corinn Miklosovic - members of the volunteer group the GRANDS - the axiom symbolizes a novel way to spruce up the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

Members of the GRANDS, an acronym that stands for "Giving Respect and Nurturing to Deserving Seniors," are planning a special e-waste recycling event Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Proceeds will benefit numerous GRANDS projects designed to enhance the look and comfort at the Senior Center while utilizing talented efforts of numerous caring individuals, including Santa Clarita Valley youth groups.

"Funds collected, generated from the recycling of no-longer-wanted electronic items, will assist in the purchase of paint, furniture and other supplies to refresh and modernize rooms throughout the Senior Center," said McCorkle, a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deptment and longtime community volunteer.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of GRANDS members as they recently toured the center. After the women shared their concerns for the center's aging furnishings, paint, and overall appearance, they decided to get involved.

McCorkle urges community members to support the e-waste event by coming by the center on Sunday and dropping off the following electronics for free recycling:

  • Computer monitors and towers
  • Laptops
  • Fax machines
  • Stereo systems
  • Mice (as in plural for computer mouse)
  • Speakers
  • TVs, plasma screens, CRT and LCD Screens
  • Copiers
  • Calculators
  • Keyboards
  • Cell phones
  • Telephones
  • Video game consoles
  • Video games
  • Empty inkjet cartridges
  • GPS systems
  • Digital cameras
  • PDAs/Palm Pilots
  • iPods
  • DVD movies


"GRANDS is excited about this project and we look forward to getting started with our refurbishing plans," McCorkle said.

"Our sincerest hope is that in doing this we can help brighten the day for every senior who visits the Senior Center."

The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall. For more information about the e-waste recycling event, call Jan Fear at (661) 299-1561 or Corinn Miklosovic at (661) 607-2579.


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