At our planning meeting in early August, we talked about a great service project. The Ronald McDonald House has a Pull Tab Collection program that helps raise money for the families that take part in this special program. All the information is below and we will be donating the proceeds to the Regional Chapter in New Orleans, Louisiana.
So, how do we start this project? We are asking all Councils, Assemblies, and Circles to collect all Pull Tabs (Beer, Soda, Soup etc.) and put them in gallon ziploc bags. You can start collecting them today! Council and Assemblies can turn the pull tabs that they collected into the Squires at the Louisiana KC Convention in May. The Squires Circles can turn them in at the Squires State Convention in June, which by chance is in New Orleans this year. This is a great project that most of us knew was in existence, but did'nt know how to start! Our newly elected State Chief Squire, Vincent Duhon is already collecting pull tabs for someone he knows. With that, we will also compile a list of names of patients who are in need. With your help, we can make a dramatic impact in our community and exemplify what "Charity" is really about.
Why? Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children.
Where? If your local Ronald McDonald House participates in the program, it’s likely cardboard collection containers in the shape of a house have been distributed to schools, community and civic groups and other organizations in your area. Collect pop tabs to drop off at one of these areas, or contact your local House about getting a collection container that you can be responsible for filling through one of your own groups.
How much? After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly). The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.