Kids closer to adoption thanks to 13,000 recycled cans

Kids closer to adoption thanks to 13,000 recycled cans
Lauren Horton and Marnie

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Five out of the 8 Horton family children are adopted and have special needs.

The kids were collecting cans to raise money so their parents could adpot two more kids from Bulgaria when their cans were stolen last October.

Since then, Lane Marble has been collecting cans from the public so the Hortons could bring home Marnie, who has Down syndome; and Gary, who was born without hands.

The cans cashed in for $650.

At a nickel a pop, that's 13,000 cans.

"I just want to thank the community for everything they did and for stepping up and helping us," said Lauren Horton. "I mean that $650 is probably an airline ticket for one of the kids to get them home."

Lauren said the kids will come home in about six to eight weeks.

She said the adoption process is long and expensive but worth it.

You can still donate cans at 10 W. Q Street, Monday through Thursday from 8 to 5 and Friday from 8 to 3.

The family also has an online donation site and a gofundme account.