A local non-profit, Key for Hope, collects old keys and melts them into scrap metal for recycling. They take the money earned from selling the metal and donate it to a local food pantry. A few Whole Foods in the area (see the list below) have teamed up with Key for Hope to raise money for food pantries in their towns. Key for Hope also has collection spots at various retailers across Massachusetts; check their website for a list of locations.
Not only was I able to get rid of our keys, but I organized a key collection campaign at my work. We received over 2,000 keys in two weeks! So, clean out those junk drawers and donate your old keys to a good cause (or, better yet, set up a key drive at your school or office- it's as easy as putting out a box and sending an email).
Whole Foods stores participating in the key drive:
- Prospect Street, Cambridge
- University Heights, Providence
- Walnut Street, Newton
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