We recently got an update from Mystery Mike of EXTRA Cans For the Needy, and things are going well! If you’re not familiar with the organization or Mystery Mike, it’s a fun story. Here’s part of it, taken from the organization’s website:
Mystery Mike Hennessey is a member of the Screen Actorâ€™s Guild (SAG) and occasionally works as an EXTRA on movie and TV sets. In the fall of 2006, he was on the set of the â€œER,â€ working as an extra, in the role of a technician. While in holding, he saw the craft services gal collecting hundreds of empty water bottles to be recycled. Mystery Mike thought: â€œRecycling is great, but we can do Greater! SOMEONE could really benefit from all of those empties.â€
After a conversation with George Clooney on the set of ER, and seeing all of those recyclables from craft services, Mystery Mike put two and two together. Why not collect recyclables and hand them over to a person in need?
A couple of months later, Mike found himself as an extra on the set of I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. During the two weeks he was on the set, he convinced craft services to donate all of the recyclables to the homeless: 9 – 10 bags a day. This is where EXTRA Cans for the Needy really took off.