How long does it take to get a $1,000 bottle-return bill? Try 41 hours, over the course of three months. That\u2019s how long it took Barlow Mountain Elementary School fifth grader Kyela McGuire to return 20,000 bottles and cans this winter. Kyela, a member of Girl Scout Troop 50550, collected, sorted and returned the recyclables from November through January. She raised $1,004 and decided to donate the funds evenly between the Ridgefield Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels. The collection started when McGuire\u2019s troop was given the opportunity to work toward the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. \u201cWe reached out to Meals on Wheels to see how she could get involved with them, and...learned that it takes $500 a day to feed all of their clients,\u201d said Kyela\u2019s mother, Melanie. \u201cThis is where the idea sparked. Kyela wanted to also add the Ridgefield Food Pantry so that families and individuals not served by MOW would also benefit. She created her goal of $1,000 so that each would get $500.\u201d With the help of neighbors, local businesses and, of course, her family, Kyela started collecting bottles and cans. \u201cWe posted a video of her explaining her project on the local Hello Ridgefield Facebook page, which created a lot of excitement, and she began coordinating with local community members and businesses who would leave their bottles at the of the driveway and she would pick them up on the way to school,\u201d Melanie said. \u201cPamby\u2019s offered to be a drop-off point as well, which was very helpful in collecting. \u2026 \u201cDuring the project, Kyela learned about community action, service and partnership. In addition, she has volunteered on other local projects and has surpassed her 75-hour service goal.\u201d Editor's note: Kyela will be presented a citation of congratulations from State Rep. John Frey in Town Hall today \u2014 Friday, Feb. 23 \u2014 at 2 p.m.