Zipporah was looking for ways to make money, which is not an easy thing for a nine-year-old to do. Her parents were not really big on paying her for chores, and they were totally against the idea of giving her an allowance, saying that it would just teach her to be lazy. While there were generous in the things that they bought for her, they rarely gave her money, even when she asked for it as a holiday gift, and so she was left with the dilemma of finding a way to make money for herself so that she could use it as she pleased. On the way home from school one day, she saw a sign outside of one of the recycling centers in Sacramento that was an answer to her prayers.
“Will Pay For Cans”
If she could collect all of the cans that her family used for drinks, and if she could collect discarded cans from the neighborhood, she could be rich in no time! When she got home, she told her parents that she needed to talk to them about a very important business venture, and explained her plans on how to get rich. Trying not to laugh, they were won over by her enthusiasm, and told her that they would do what they could to help. In the kitchen, Zipporah labeled one of the cans with the words, “Recycling Center,” and told her brothers and sisters that whenever one of them finished a can of soda, they were to throw the empty can into the bin, but no other trash was to go there. She put old kitchen bags in both of the family cars, and gave everyone the same instructions. On the weekends, she went out on her own to the park and to any place she could think of where cans might be casually thrown away and collected as much as she could. This went on for two weeks, and by the end of that time, the different recycling centers had managed to fill a large garden-sized rubbish bin in the garage.
Time for a Reckoning
After the two weeks were up, her father helped Zipporah load up the empty cans to be taken to the real recycling centers in Sacramento. The bags of cans were weighed and checked, and to Zipporah’s surprise, she had made a lot of money. On the way home, her father smiled as she explained that by doing the environmentally right thing, people everywhere could become rich.