Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian and Student Services Coordinator
Pop tabs remind us of an important lesson: Even little things can make a big difference.
Our Fort Worth Campus began collecting pop tabs last year when a student suggested that it would be a great idea and a way for the Campus to give back to the community.
“I saw that my daughter’s daycare was collecting pop tabs, and I thought that our Campus could make a difference by collecting them, too,” said Pharmacy Technician Student Patty Carranza.
The Campus regularly collects and donates its tabs to the Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House, whose representatives bring the tabs to the local recycling center. There, the tabs are weighed to determine their monetary value, and a check in that amount is sent to the local Ronald McDonald House.
Pop tabs helps the Ronald McDonald House Charities pay the bills so that the mothers and fathers of seriously ill or injured children have a nearby place to stay while their children receive care in a hospital that may be far from the family’s home.
Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it’s more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and tab collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support this worthwhile effort and know they are making a difference for families and children in need.
Each Ronald McDonald House is independent and depends on support from the community, special events, foundations, corporations, and individuals to continue providing services to those in need.
“The Ronald McDonald House soda tab collection was started in my house over 13 years ago,” said Pharmacy Technician Student Kathy Hill. Kathy’s family had watched a documentary on what the Ronald McDonald House program does for ill children and their families when in a crisis.
Kathy and her family also collect the cans from which the pop tabs are removed and recycle the cans at their local recycling station. “Every year at Christmastime, we donate the money from the cans to our local Salvation Army Santa,” said Kathy.
If you would like more information on starting you own pop-tab collection or volunteering at your local Ronald McDonald House, please visit: http://rmhc.org/.