Marcel Robinson is a comforting fixture in Drumheller. He is always at sporting events or any other gathering in the valley with a black plastic bag in hand.
Most of the time he is watching, and chatting with young and old alike. He is also picking up the occasional bottle.
In fact, bottles are his main source of income.
That is what made it even more upsetting when Glenda Wright learned that someone had taken a collection of Marcel’s bottles he had ready to drop at the depot.
“I learned on Facebook that a large number of bottles he had been collecting were taken,” said Wright. “I don’t know Marcel very well but I have met him several times and quite like him.”
Indeed, Marcel explains, he did lose some bottles. He said that participants in slo-pitch at the ball diamond put aside their bottles for him to collect. However, before he could make the pick-up they were taken.
Wright made a post on her Facebook status and started to collect bottles. She has amassed a fair amount, and other friends have collected bottles to help replace his loss.
Last Friday morning, the bottles were delivered to Marcel. The generosity of friends added up to two truck loads of bottles.
“I think everyone has experienced someone taking something that wasn’t theirs, and it is kind of nice to get a little help once in a while,” said Wright.