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Metal for the Misson: Weitsman Donation Program to Benefit American Red Cross

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Dec. 17, 2013) — The Central New York Region of the American Red Cross and Ben Weitsman, Inc., on Tuesday announced a partnership that will help the Red Cross provide its services to residents throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier.

Headquartered in Owego, Ben Weitsman is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor. From now through June 30, anyone who brings scrap metal to one of four Weitsman locations can donate the money they’ll receive for it to the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross.

The donor needs to mention the American Red Cross, and 100 percent of the donation will go to the Red Cross.

“The Central New York Region of the American Red Cross is honored to partner with Ben Weitsman in a scrap metal recycling program to raise funds for the Red Cross,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier. “You can recycle anything from car keys to cars. Just make sure when you drop off your scrap metal that you tell them it’s for the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross mission is to alleviate human suffering, so think of it as ‘Metal for the Mission!’ ’’

The four participating Weitsman & Son locations are at:

• 10 Brandywine Highway, Binghamton (607-724-3244).

• 105 Cherry St., Ithaca (607-273-1222).

• 15 W. Main St., Owego (607-687-2780).

The Binghamton, Ithaca and Owego locations are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

• 333 Bridge St., Solvay (315-488-3171). Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Weitsman will accept all metal items, from smaller objects such as cans, gas grills and vacuum cleaners to larger items such as appliances, cast iron bathtubs and cars. Residents who donate their money to the Red Cross will receive a receipt with the value of the items donated.

“The American Red Cross is a fantastic organization and helps so many in need throughout the region as well as internationally,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Weitsman, Inc., and Upstate Shredding. “Our philosophy as a company has always been to give back and help others. We are proud to be a part of the scrap metal donation program which gives people another great way to donate and help those who need assistance.”

The Central New York Region covers 16 counties, including Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Onondaga. The money the Red Cross receives through this program will go toward Red Cross services throughout the region. Those services include preparing the public for disasters, responding to disasters, offering health and safety classes, hosting blood drives, and providing emergency communication and assistance for members of the Armed Forces and their families.

About Upstate Shredding - Ben Weitsman:

Upstate Shredding - Ben Weitsman, is the East Coast's largest privately held scrap metal processor, with 15 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania. The company will process approximately 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million of nonferrous metal by 2014. The company was recently recognized as one of the largest scrap metal companies (both public and private) in North America by Recycling Today and was AMM and Platts finalist for scrap metal company of the year.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.