It’s that time of year when we remind you to gather up the pull-tabs you’ve been saving and deliver them to the pull-tab event at the PNC 2nd Street Market. Those little tabs can make a big difference in the lives of families of critically ill or injured hospitalized babies and children.
The revenue generated from these pull tabs, along with pull tabs collected at the Ronald McDonald House throughout the year, generate approximately $16,000 annually for the local McDonald House.
The House, which opened in 1980, provides a home-away-from-home for families who must travel a long distance from home for specialized medical treatment for their child.
“There is a suggested room fee of $15 per night, but no family is ever turned away based on their ability to pay,” says Karen Dempsey Volke, chief development officer.
The sixth annual Tab-a-pull-ooza and Pull Tab Contest is slated for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Individuals and groups are invited to bring their pull tab collections to the Market for a friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top collectors in three categories: individual, group and school.
Pull-tabs collected at the family-friendly event will be taken to First Street Recycling to be recycled for their salvage value. It’s a great way to teach kids about giving back and recycling.
Although this Ronald McDonald House fundraiser is done throughout the country, it’s especially appropriate for Dayton because the pull-tab was invented in Dayton by engineer Ermal Cleon Fraze. The story goes that he came up with the idea after he had to use a car bumper at a family picnic to open a can of beer because he had no opener, and figured there must be another way.
Here’s what they need:
Aluminum tabs that can be found on various beverages, soup, pet food and other common canned items. The tabs are collected, as opposed to the entire container, because they take up less space and are more sanitary to store. They are also of a higher quality aluminum than the rest of the container.
In addition to this big annual community event, the pull-tabs are collected year-round and can be dropped off at the house.
If you’re interested, a RMHC pull tab collection house can be provided to you upon request. Additional houses can be purchased for 25 cents each to help cover the cost of materials.
You can get your kids involved by checking out the elementary school curriculum available for teachers on the organization’s web site to use as an educational tool. Check out www.rmhcdayton.org
You can drop off your pull-tabs year-round or mail them to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, Inc., 555 Valley Street , Dayton, Ohio 45404-1844. The phone number is (937)224-0047.
For more information, you can contact Cara Wells at cwells@RMHCdayton.org
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