Time to put those empties aside! The 25th annual Running on Empties bottle drive for the Christmas Exchange Program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at all Ottawa area Beer Stores.

Christmas Exchange Program volunteers, Beer Store employees and various local VIPs, politicians and city councillors will be encouraging patrons to donate their empty beer, wine and liquor bottles to help families in need. Donation boxes will also placed at each Beer Store to collect cash donations.

All the money raised from “Running on Empties” goes to providing food hampers or gift certificates to those less fortunate during the Christmas season. Since its inception in 1988, the event has raised over $294,000.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Beer Store again this year since it will be the 25th anniversary for this event and are we are extremely grateful for their continued support,” says Cindy Smith, executive director for the Caring and Sharing Exchange, home of the Christmas Exchange Program. “It is one of our most successful annual fundraisers and we’re glad to see it reach this milestone. We believe the success of “Running on Empties” is due in part to people wanting to help those less fortunate within our community and this is a way for them to do that, either through volunteering to help with the collection of empties or making a donation. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for its 25th anniversary.”

We hope everyone will come out to support this event by donating their empties or making a cash donation at their local Beer Store. Among the VIPs and city councillors who will be volunteering some of their time at a Beer Store in their area are councillors Keith Egli, Maria McRae, Marianne Wilkinson, Shad Qadri, Jan Harder, Bob Monette, Allan Hubley, Scott Moffatt, Tim Tierney and Rick Chiarelli and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.

If you can’t bring your empties on Saturday, Dec. 15, you can also drop them off on Sunday to the Beer Store. Your empty bottles can help ensure no one is running on empty on Christmas Day.

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