I wanted to share something that is dear to me with you.
During my senior year at Alvernia I joined the Lion’s Club. Throughout the year we did many fundraisers and one of my favorites was collecting soda can tabs to donate to our local Ronald McDonald House. My family and some friends have continued to collect these tabs even after the deadline of the fundraiser and I have decided to ask your help!
First off, I thought I could share some info with you about what the Ronald McDonald house does, and what the purpose is of collecting these tabs.
The Ronald McDonald House in Hershey PA focuses on keeping families together during a child’s illness. In other words, families who are not from the Hershey area and have a child who is seriously ill usually would have to travel long distances and frequently to get their child the treatment they need at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House recognizes this and offers temporary free housing to these families so that they can stay together during such a difficult time.
Aside from providing the temporary housing, the Ronald McDonald House also offers comfortable family-friendly lounges as well as something called a Hospitality Cart that volunteers bring around to the families and offer them refreshments, arts & crafts, and personal items as well as many other things.
Everything that the Ronald McDonald house offers is absolutely free which is why they need donations and this is where the soda can tab collection comes in to place.
The Ronald McDonald House began their soda tab collection program in 1996; they sell the tabs to recycling companies in their local area and use the money for all the services they provide to children and their families.
If you’re willing to help with donating tabs there’s just a few things you need to know:
First, they can only accept aluminum tabs, not plastic or steel tabs. The tabs don’t have to just come from soda cans, aluminum tabs are on most carbonated beverages and some soup cans have aluminum tabs as well!
If you want a container to save your tabs in let me know, otherwise you can use any container you have. I’ve received tabs in old pill bottles, ziploc bags, empty coffee containers, etc. Anything will do! If you’re a carbonated beverage drinker then this is perfect for you! You don’t have to buy anything special or extra, just pop the tab off of your can when you’re finished! So easy!
My plan is to take these to the Ronald McDonald House in the beginning of July. I don’t have a date set in stone yet because I want to see how many people will be willing to donate first; once I know how many people are willing to help I can then give everyone a more definitive date. I’m willing to have tabs mailed to me (I can pay postage if you’d like) or to pick them up if you’re local.
If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me or another member of Cherished Cottage; thank you!