Owosso boy collecting empty beverage containers at prolific rate for fundraiser

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 7:14 PM EDT
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OWOSSO, Mich. (WJRT) - Brayden Williams is a little boy with a big can-do attitude.

About a month ago, the 10-year-old from Owosso started raising money for juvenile diabetes research by collecting empty beverage containers to turn in for the 10-cent refund. His fundraising efforts now have far exceeded anything he could imagine.

“I know it’s for a good cause, but I’m getting a little tired because every day my arm gets a little worn out from returning the pop cans,” Williams said. “But I know it’s for a good cause, so I continue doing it.”

He has raised money for several different charities over the last couple of years. His brother’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes helped solidify which charity he wanted to raise money for.

His mother, Kristen Williams, couldn’t be more proud.

“Brayden is a smaller kid and has dealt with a few issues at school with a little bit of bullying, so this has been able to show him that those little things don’t matter,” she said.

Brayden has raised over $3,000 over the past month, so he increased his goal to $5,000. That is 50,000 cans and bottles to collect 50,000 dimes for diabetes research.

On Wednesday, he had three piles of empty bottles and cans to return, which may be enough to eclipse $4,000. His efforts are being recognized across the state, as he’s received checks and returnable containers with heartfelt words of encouragement from people he doesn’t even know.

“I’m just thinking about all the people that have donated and I just really want to thank them, because without them I couldn’t be able to get to this high of a goal,” Brayden said.

His initial goal was just $500 for the project, so he’s well on his way to collecting 10 times that amount. Once he reaches $5,000, Brayden plans to pick a new charity for next year and start over again.

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