Pop tab donation raises funds
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recently radio station WMGH spread a little post-holiday cheer while helping out Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA and the Danville Ronald McDonald House. Seen are Kerry Dowd of WMGH; Scott Kavlick,owner of McDonald's Nesquehoning and treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House; Maria Mihalski, WMGH; Blaine Pace, Ronald McDonald House board member; Todd Sheckler, restaurant manager; Ted Dacey and daughter Emma of Nesquehoning, who contributed tabs.
Representatives from radio station WMGH donated 13 55 gallon drums filled with Pop Tabs plus donations from Ted Dacey and his children to Scott Kavlick, owner of the McDonald's Restaurant in Nesquehoning and treasurer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA.
The donation amounts to 715 pounds of tabs. At the current recylcing rate of approximately 15 cents per pound, the donation will be over $100.
Although it might not sound like much, when added to the donations made by schools and civic groups throughout Northeast PA the amount of tabs donated goes a long way to offset the operational costs of running the House," states Kavlick.
The radio station has been collecting tabs for the House since 2005 and previously made a donation of 670 pounds, for a total of 1,385 pounds of tabs collected since 2005.
Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs to help offset the operational costs of running the House. 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. Locally, the charity has been actively involving local school districts and civic organizations in the Pop Tab program since the spring of 2010.
Collection guides, canisters, and activity boos are available for any organziation that wants to get involved.
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.