(Photo by John Schneider) The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County is raising funds by accepting empty cans and bottles in front Top Notch Detailing & Accessories, 548 N. States St. in Caro.

Yes you can: CAC launches fundraiser

Because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, grocery businesses and party stores are still not accepting can and bottle returns. 

So instead of letting empties pile up in your home, why not take them to a place where they are being collected for a good cause?

For the next couple of weeks, the Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County is accepting can and bottle returns. Between the former Caro Big Acre building and Top Notch Detailing & Accessories, 548 N. State St. in Caro, a trailer rests near Top Notch, which is helping the cause by donating property. 

Residents who wish to donate cans and bottles can place them into the trailer, any day of the week, 24 hours a day.

The CAC provides a child-friendly environment and highly-trained staff to respond to allegations of suspected trauma. It serves children under 18 who are suspected victims of child abuse, sexual/physical abuse, neglect and other forms of trauma. 

According to its website, the CAC of Tuscola County utilizes a multi-disciplinary team and collaborative approach to coordinate the investigation, assessment, treatment and awareness of child maltreatment in Tuscola County. The CAC also provides advocacy, medical and mental health service referrals, as well as awareness education for children in kindergarten through the third grade.

With the 2013 opening of the Tuscola County CAC, it is no longer necessary to travel out of county to interview and examine suspected child abuse victims. Since the CAC is a nonprofit organization, it depends on donations to stay afloat.

In addition to the can drive, the CAC is planning its upcoming annual Superhero Run. The fundraiser will be done virtually this year because of COVID-19. Participates can run or walk five kilometers – the race’s official distance – and record their times on a mobile app. Dressing up as a superhero is encouraged, but not required.

Cost to participate is $15, down from the usual cost of $25, with all proceeds going to the Child Advocacy Center. To register, go to The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County Facebook page and click on the “events” tab. Then click the registration link.

Participants will then need to download the “It’s Your Race” app on their smartphone.

Runners/walkers will have until June 5 to record and submit their times. Although there are no prizes this year, the top two costumes (for participants 12-and-under and 13-and-over) will receive a prize. Participants who do dress as superheroes can send a photo to the CAC website. 

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