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Ronald McDonald House: Collect Pop Tabs for a Cause
Something So Small Can Make a Big Difference
My 8-year-old friend Daniel collects pop tabs. Which I figured was just a weird enough thing to make sense for an 8-year-old boy to want to collect. (Have you read the Judy Moody books? 8-year-olds collect all kinds of weird things.)
Turns out, he was collecting for a cause, not just for fun. All those pop tabs he puts in his Pringles can (or rather his mom the Dr. Pepper fiend) wind up going over to the Ronald McDonald House where they're sold to a recycling center. The money is then used to help pay for operations costs for running the house. (They have to pay the light bill somehow.)
So how many cans are you throwing in the recycle bin every day? (I know you aren't throwing them in the trash, right?) Take a second to pull the tab off before you toss the can and start your own collection for your local Ronald McDonald House. This is a great way to start training your kids to think of others and give back in the community.
Photo Credit: Clearly Ambiguous on flickr. CC BY 2.0 license.
Every Little Bit Counts
Why Pop Tabs?
How can something so small help?
Unlike the urban legend states, pop tabs do not support medical treatment of any kind including chemotherapy or dialysis; however, pop tabs do support the operations of Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. This popular fundraiser benefits seriously ill children by helping provide a place for them and their families to stay while they are out of town for medical treatment.
Recycling the tabs generates proceeds to donate to a local Ronald McDonald House. The tabs do not pay for treatment or night stays - only house operations. I read about one house that collected enough pop tabs in a year to put $8,000 toward operational costs. Nice!
Pop tabs are small and convenient to collect. Hundreds of thousands of pop tabs have been collected to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses.
1 pop tab is approximately 1 inch long
1,267 pop tabs make 1 pound
1 pound of aluminum can be sold for approximately 40Â¢
The House That Love Built
Pop Tab Donation Resources
How to Participate in the Pop Tab Program
Collect and store your tabs.
Your local Ronald McDonald House might have collection boxes you can use, but a container with a plastic lid you can cut a slot into works fine. My friend uses a Pringles can; a coffee can would also be great.
Have the tabs recycled in your community and mail the proceeds to your house.
Your local house might have a connection with a recycling center already where you can take the tabs directly. If they have an account set up, then the money can just go directly to the local house. Otherwise, you can just take the money and make a donation yourself. You might also check to see if they have a wish list set up somewhere where you can purchase items for the house with the money.
Drop off your tabs at the Ronald McDonald House.
My local house has made provisions for you to bring your tabs to the house to drop off in a collection container at the front door.
Note: Check with your local house to see if they participate in the program and how they prefer to have collections/donations done.