LEWISTON – Japheth Taylor, 11, junior staff member at the nonprofit faith-based urban outreach The Jesus Party, is the overseer of the ministry’s “Operation Redemption,” an effort to collect, clean and redeem returnable bottles and give the proceeds to charity.

Taylor is heading an effort along with employees of Friendly’s Ice Cream of Lewiston to support Easter Seals of Maine.

Friendly’s has partnered with Easter Seals for the last 25 years and has raised more than $22 million. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 80 years.

Anyone wanting to contribute by donating redeemable bottles can call Taylor at 786-5568 for pick-up or anyone wishing to make a financial donation can stop by Friendly’s Ice Cream at 471 Sabattus St.

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