From left: Marilyn Smith, Bruce Nightingale, Patty Kennedy, Marty Kennedy, Will Lunn and Linda Klinker (Director)

LAWRENCE, KS (October 23, 2023) – Cans for the Community has donated $1,000 to support the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, a nonprofit organization that puts on one of the most unique parades in the nation. Authentic horse-drawn carriages parading down Massachusetts Street is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. The all-volunteer parade is made possible through donations and sponsorships from local individuals and businesses.

“We appreciate Cans for the Community’s support of our 30th parade. For many families, attending the parade has become a tradition where they feel the true holiday spirit while watching dozens of beautiful horses and wagons travel down Massachusetts Avenue. When you recycle your aluminum cans with Cans for the Community, you know you are helping non-profits here in our community,” said Marty Kennedy, President of the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, Inc.

Cans for the Community was formed in May of 2005 in Lawrence with the belief that the simple act of recycling aluminum cans could benefit our community in more than one way. Aluminum can recycling saves valuable resources, energy, time and money and it generates funds for the community. Cans for the Community volunteers collect aluminum cans for recycling from businesses, apartment complexes, community recycling drop-off bins, and at local events such as KU football games. All proceeds from recycling are donated to local non-profit organizations. Cans for the Community has donated $287,000 to local charities so far.

This year is the 30th Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, which began as the Eldridge Old Fashioned Christmas Parade in 1993. It is always held on the first Saturday in December and attracts participants from across Kansas and the surrounding states. For more information, visit

Contact: Julie DeYoung

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