RonaldMcDNewton, NC- The Ronald McDonald House is known as “The House That Love Built” offering a safe, affordable ‘home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children. Which has proven to help healing since the child continues to see familiar faces while receiving medical care. One such Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte is within close proximity to both Hemby and Levine Children’s Hospitals. The 35,000 square-foot House hosts up to 28 families at a time, each asked to donate $15 per night. However, most are unable to pay, yet no family is turned away. The cost to host a family for one night is $142. Even armed with dedicated volunteers, there is still a financial need to keep the House running daily.

This is where pop tabs come in! Collecting pop tabs is a great way to involve the community. Tabs are easy to collect, store, then transport to a local recycling center to exchange the aluminum for cash, which can range from $0.35 to $0.85 per pound. Money raised through pop tab collecting offsets the amount families are unable to contribute and total operation costs.

Locally, Pam Carter, inspired by the need to help families has involved two local venues. The Newton Police Department and East Cost Auto (Newton) have offered to place red recycle bins at their locations. Please collect, deliver and deposit pop tabs into the red bins at either location to assist families with critically ill children. Future sites to be announced.

In lieu of collecting tabs, donations may be made through St. Jude’s Children Hospital charities. For more information visit: Businesses wishing to participate in the Ronald McDonald House pop tab fundraiser contact Pam Carter: 828-781-5510.

Photo: Park bench at Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte.