CORTLAND, N.Y. — Local residents are organizing a bottle and can drive for a Moravia high school student who was seriously injured in a car crash last month.
Seventeen-year-old Dustin Mondics was listed in critical condition at Upstate Medical Center following the Dec. 29 crash. Since then, he has undergone several operations and continues to make progress in his recovery, according to a family member.
The Quick Stop Beverage & Grocery Store in Cortland will give six cents to Dustin Mondics and his family for each can that is donated, according to event organizer Matt Bennett.
"We know members of the family and have been following the story closely," Bennett said. "This family is under great stress and we would like to take some stress off their shoulders."
Bennett added that the store will be accepting donations from the community leading up to the event.
The bottle and can drive will take place Sunday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Quick Stop Beverage & Grocery store at 126 West Rd, Cortland, N.Y.
Another benefit will be held for Mondics in Moravia later this month—Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Betty Blue restaurant, 1 W. Cayuga St, Moravia. A GoFundMe page for Mondics has received more than $22,000 in donations since the campaign was launched about two weeks ago.