Darcy Peters turns bottles and cans into treats and toys for dogs and cats.
Peters receives self-directed OPWDD services through AIM, and she also volunteers for AIM.
Once a month, she picks up bottles and cans from
AIM's offices in Corning and Elmira, and returns them to the beverage center for the deposit.
She keeps a ledger to tally the proceeds, which helps with her math and money skills.
When she gets a sizable amount, she goes to the pet store and buys food, treats and toys.
Then she delivers the items to local animal shelters. So far, her donations have gone to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, but Peters also plans to donate to other shelters, such as the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter, in the future.
Peters' donations are much appreciated, said Arynn Brucie, community engagement manager for the Chemung County SPCA.
"We love when she comes to visit," Brucie said. "She's always smiling, and she loves to go back and visit the kitties when she's here."
Animal shelters rely heavily on the community, so every bit of support helps, she said.
"We're glad that she thinks of us," Brucie said.