Twins collect cans to raise cash for wildlife, homeless |

Twins collect cans to raise cash for wildlife, homeless

l to r - Alex Eckerling; Millie Delaney, volunteer with WR&R; Chester, the Great Horned Owl; and Max Eckerling
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Max and Alex Eckerling, 10-year-old twins from Lake Wildwood, this month donated $100 each to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release and to Hospitality House.

The twins presented the check to WR&R at an Aug. 6 event at Smiley Guys Smokehouse in Grass Valley.

“We wanted to help animals and people and so we collected cans for a year,” said Max.

“We raised $400 and gave $100 to Hospitality House, $100 to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release and put $100 into each of our college funds.”

According to both boys: “Our dad came up with the idea and we liked it. We have a route where we live in Lake Wildwood and we picked up cans weekly.”

Their mom, Teresa Eckerling, brought the donation to the Smiley Guys event along with a poster-board check for $100 amidst a chorus of surprised thanks from WR&R members. The boys said they first became aware of WR&R earlier in the year when they found a young robin that needed care. They brought it in to WR&R’s Intake Center.

“It was so nice to know what to do with an injured bird, we wanted to do something to say thanks,” stated Teresa Eckerling.

Kathleen Willis, Director of WR&R’s Intake Center, complimented the boys for their industriousness and explained that the money would be used to help pay for food and supplies needed to rehabilitate injured or orphaned wild critters.

When the Eckerlings visited Hospitality House — a shelter for the homeless at Utah’s Place in Grass Valley — both boys said they were amazed at how many people Hospitality House helps and that they help families, too. Both Max and Alex said are looking forward to continuing to collect bottles and cans and increase their donations next year.

“After making both donations, we feel we really can make a difference,” Max and Alex said.

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