Saratoga Technologies has joined 11-year-old Luke Barnes, left, in his Junkin' for St. Jude drive, donating to used computers to help support the Memphis children's research hospital and its affiliate clinics. (Contributed)
Two recent scrap metal collection weekends in Johnson City raised $3,145 through the “Junkin’ for St. Jude” project, which was started by 11-year-old Luke Barnes, of Johnson City, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Barnes is a leukemia patient who receives treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and in Johnson City.
American Heritage Girls Troop 5624 joined Barnes’ efforts by organizing a recycling event on Sunset Drive in April, netting $2,000. In May, Olson’s Martial Arts Academy sponsored a scrap metal collection drive that raised $1,145.
Meanwhile, Saratoga Technologies in Johnson City has partnered with “Junkin’ for St. Jude” by providing outdated computers for Luke to dismantle.
“We have found a place that will recycle motherboards and other inside parts of computers, so we are making even more money for the hospital through each computer Luke takes apart,” said Beth Barnes, Luke’s mother. “Also, St. Mary’s School recently donated about 15 computers from their school computer lab for recycling.
“Luke and his brother, David, are having a great time with taking things apart, and at the same time, they’re learning about how computers operate.”
Anyone wishing to donate an old computer system (towers or laptops only, no monitors) may do so at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
All other types of junk metal are still being accepted for “Junkin’ for St. Jude” at OmniSource at 110 Perma R. Road. Donations accepted include aluminum, steel cans, major appliances, yard tools, copper items or wire, motors, vehicles, gutters and metal/aluminum siding, fencing, metal household goods, construction items, brass and wrought iron.
Another new option for the project is recycling batteries.
“We can take regular alkaline batteries, car batteries, and more,” Beth Barnes said. “They can be dropped off at Westminster Presbyterian and Trinity Arts Center.”
Through all of his efforts thus far, Luke Barnes has helped raise $30,000 for St. Jude.