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Can Man Uses Hobby to Improve Community

A Pittsford man collected 40,000 cans to shine a light on homelessness.
A Pittsford man collected 40,000 cans to shine a light on homelessness.

What started out as a way to keep his neighborhood clean turned into a way to help people from all over the Rochester area. Pete "The Can Man" Requa started picking up cans and bottles five years ago. His cans have helped pay for dog beds at Lollypop Farm and he was even able to donate a canine to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office with the money he has raised.

"A lot of neighbors and people that are interested in the projects I have been working on are contributing and bag there cans for me," Pete said.

Over the past four months Pete has collected 40,000 cans which added up to a $2,000 donation to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. He picked RAIHN thanks to a story he saw on News 8.

"I have to give credit to Stacey and Ashley because I was watching TV and they were featuring their story as a lead into the homeless situation in Rochester and I just happened to have the money from the cans I've been collecting," Pete said.

Pete says it is imperative to shine a light on growing issues in our community like homelessness.

"I was sort of shocked to hear that families were living in their cars. It was just an eye opener."

That is where RAIHN comes in. They have helped more than 300 homeless families get back on their feet and Pete is happy to help in any way that he can.

"It's just important to help others and it's a rewarding feeling once you get involved in it."

For Pete, giving back doesn't stop here. He plans to collect more cans to help people in need.

For more information on RAIHN and how you can donate, click here.
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