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Manlius couple supports Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund

Pink’d: Curb appeal with a cause

Brian and Janice Jagodzinski, of Manlius, show off their pink trash can and recycling bin. All proceeds from the receptacle sales benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Brian and Janice Jagodzinski, of Manlius, show off their pink trash can and recycling bin. All proceeds from the receptacle sales benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Farah Jadran

— Janice says she has much pride in seeing her husband work for his community and has noticed how strangers are responding to the cause, too.

“People will see me take them out,” Janice said about the family’s pink trash cans. “They stop and ask where I got it.”

The Not My Garage website is now a portal for people to add a pink trashcan to their virtual shopping cart, all in the name of breast cancer research. The site offers 96-gallon receptacles for $100 and a 36-gallon container for $80. The latter are being retailed as recycling bins, and both are equipped with wheels so they can be rolled to the curb with ease.

The Jagodzinskis purchased the pink trash cans, but all proceeds from the bulk orders and individual sales will go directly to the CMB Fund. That’s about $60,000, which will all stay local, Brian emphasized.

The sales are not only benefiting the community’s efforts in funding local breast cancer research, but they are expanding the friendships and connections between the Jagodzinskis and their neighbors.

Brian said he recently received an order via phone from a woman who was unable to utilize the website. She said she wanted to purchase a trash can simply because “she loved pink.” Her interest might not have had anything to do with breast cancer awareness, but Brian was able deliver a pink trash can that would spread awareness with its curb appeal, and in the end, he met a new neighbor.

Janice said she had the pleasure of entertaining numerous trash can inquiries while working the CMB Fund’s booth that was fully stocked with pink receptacles. She said people wanted one for many reasons — to support the fund, sport a pink trash can at the curb because they like the color, or to gain another tax deduction.

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