“I have always been a friend to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. They have done me a favor, now it is my turn,” said Dzutzoff.
His donations go directly to children with cancer and he has been doing it for as long as he can remember. At first using his own money, his wife, Vivian, got him started collecting cans and using that money for the charity.
"She told me, why not go out and get them cans, they are all around. And with the money that you get you can give it to the hospital for the kids."
Since 1985, Dzutzoff has made it his passion to get as many cans as possible, clean them, dry them, crush them and take them to be recycled.
“I go all over now. From Raymond to Tokeland, Aberdeen and Elma. I have people that call me when they have a few cans and I go pick them up.”
His work area is currently clean with a tarp laid out for drying the cans, several wall mounted can crushers…”I get some of the high school boys over to help me with that…” and just a few trash bags stacked and packed waiting for a full load to take to be recycled.
“I use to get a few more cans, but many people are collecting them. I go as far as Lebam. There is another guy out that way who collects cans. Lebam is the end of my line in that direction.”
Along the way, Dzutsoff has made many friends and established a route where people know him and help him, but he says he can always use more.
“The hospital has a special collection can just for me, and a few business’ pitch in and call me when they have some ready to go. I can always get help from the school students, so I can use more cans for the kids.”
Dzutzoff, now on his own with the loss of his daughter and wife in 2011, has grown fond of kids and hates to see them suffering.
“I go up to Seattle from time to time to spend my day with the kids. It really tears me up. But I feel that I am doing something when I send a check each month.”
His donations average just around $350 a month, and if his average is right that equates to around $4,200 annually or just over $100,000 when 2014 comes to a close.
Dzutsoff mentions that his friends are always after him to stop picking up cans.
"No, as long as I can help the children, I am going to do that. Maybe it is the thing that keeps me going."
He is not the type of man who can just tend a garden in his retirement.
"Some people can just sit in the chair and watch TV, I can't."
Dzutsoff even barters for cans helping out neighbors and friends in trade for payment in aluminum.
"I have even given up my place in line in the barber chair to go collect some cans."
Dzutsoff wants to really bring the in the cans and is willing to work with anybody to get those cans for the kids. He knows that he can just make a call and he will get help from the local schools to assist when things pile up.
"I appreciate all the things people have done for me, and I can see that for some it hurts to give up their cans. My father and mother went without so we could have things, I am charitable that way. "
Donations are given to hospitals in Seattle and Tacoma, but especially for the children there, to help Bob and donate your cans you can call him at 942-2569.