by Rebecca Carter
Categories: Causes.

Mystery Mike & Ed Begley, Jr.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 Actor’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 “ER,” 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: “Recycling is great, but we can do Greater! SOMEONE could really benefit from all of those empties.”

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.

Since then, Monk has come on board, and more recently Everybody Hates Chris. Plus, the Ultimate Green Room proceeds when to EXTRA Can, as well. Learn more about the organization, or donate here.

Check out Mystery Mike in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry – currently in theaters. You can see him in the around 1:27. He is to the left of Adam Sandler.

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at www.RebeccaCarter.net. Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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