Remembering the generosity of ‘The Can Man’


Larry VanNess was affectionately known as “The Can Man.”

He was an Anderson Indiana man experiencing homelessness.

He was known for his collection of pop tabs that he donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Larry started this journey in 2003 and since his start collected over 25 Million tabs.

Unfortunately, Larry was in an accident last month and recently passed away.

He will be missed by many people who knew him and his story.

He was a kind man who cared about helping others even though he was homeless himself.

The outpouring of love for Larry has been overwhelming with many people wanting to help out in any way possible, including collecting pop tabs of their own to be donated to the Ronald McDonald house.

Larry did not have everything come to him easily. In 2016, (a television news station) interviewed him and Larry said, “I’m a tabaholic now, instead of an alcoholic. A tabaholic. I was a drunk. I was homeless since I was 16.”

We, at The Real Estate Pros, are inspired by Larry and his personal story of redemption and his giving heart.

Larry has inspired us to start our own tab collection, here are the details:

Collect and donate your soda pop tabs plus tabs from energy drinks, soup cans or anything with a metallic tab.

The Real Estate Pros office is serving as a drop off location at 6962 S. SR 67, Pendleton, IN 46064.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It’s our goal to carry on Larry’s life motto of giving back and keep his legacy alive.

– Staff, The Real Estate Pros, Pendleton


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