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Local collecting 3,000 pounds of aluminum for burn unit

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- There's 1,670 aluminum pop-tops in one pound. One North Georgia man, along with Shriners and his Masonic lodge, has set out to collect 3,000 pounds, all for a good cause.

Some laughed when Charles Long told them he would collect 800 pounds of aluminum pop tops. Well, he did and it sold for 88 times its value, all proceeds went to Shriners Burn Unit in Cincinnati. Now he has a new goal: 3,000 pounds of pop tops, and he's almost there.

Charles Long said, "I grew up real poor a lot of people have helped me; we've dedicated mine and my wife's life to helping children and people in general."

A farm and a lot of land, too much to count. Charles Long has what he needs financially, but as his trusty picture frame reads, "a hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was" he simply wants to make a difference in a child's life.

He along with his Masonic lodge have, and they continue to do so with Shriners Hospital. More specifically the burn unit in Cincinnati, "you get emotional when you see those children burned. It's touching to see how fortunate we are," said Long.

The 3,000 pounds of pop-tops Charles and his lodge will collect will be sold to the highest bidding salvage company, in the past they've sold at 88 times the value.

On any given day people from near and far will stop by unannounced to pitch in, like Carlis Martin, "anytime you can help someone that needs help, of course it makes you feel good, but it makes a difference. Charlie makes a difference in a lot of people's lives."

In his spare time Charlie and his wife help local students, giving away clothes, bikes and even the flowers he plants in his yard. The point is, as Charlie notes, the world would be a better place if everyone found at least one way to give back, "you're doing something good in life then you've got a good life. Having a good time and you feel good doing it," said Long.

Charles has about a ton, that's 2,000 pounds. He needs 3,000 pounds. If you'd like to help drop off any pop-tops at a Masonic Lodge and tell them it's for Charlie Long in North Georgia.

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