Maggie McCoy (AS, ’18) is this year’s project leader of a program called Rescue Glass. Rescue glass collects recycled wine and beer bottles from local restaurants in Syracuse. They then take the bottles to the Rescue Mission, where they collaborate with residents of the Rescue Mission to clean the bottles, de-label, and then cut them in half. Once the bottles are cut, members of the SU team sand the bottles down and fill them with soy wax and scents to make candles! They then sell the candles across campus and at local churches. All the profits go back to the Rescue Mission to benefit the residents.
Rescue glass was a new project this year. Although they had a team try to make the bottles into drinking glasses last year, it never took off. This year we were able to not only successfully make candles and have a production line, but we were able to hold sales, and give back to the Rescue Mission.
This experience, and working directly with the residents of the Rescue Mission was very important to Maggie. When she brought candles home to sell at her home church, she was truly able to explain all the work that had gone into this process. Understanding how the Rescue Mission uses the money their team raised is both fulling and motivating.
Buy one today at 3-fifteen in Marshall Square Mall!