Senior Citizens’ Service

Over two years ago the North Sevier Senior Citizens board instituted a program of collecting soda pop pull tabs for The Ronald McDonald House. Senior citizens in the communities of Salina, Aurora, and Redmond, were invited to participate, as was anyone else that wanted to,  to collect and turn the  tabs in at the Senior Center in Salina.

        Approximately 65 pounds were turned in.  The North Sevier Senior Board, pictured here, would like to thank everyone who helped in this endeavor to make it a big success! That is a lot of tabs!  In the near future these tabs will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald foundation.

            The group has learned that an easy way to help the RMH is by collecting soda tabs from aluminum cans.  Aluminum is a material that can be weighed and priced at a recycling center (values can vary depending on weight and market value offered). The RMH is able to bring the collection of tabs to a local recycling center where the weight and price of the aluminum is calculated and the value is then donated back to the house. The money provided from the aluminum tabs helps pay for expenses in the house and benefits families in need. Soda tabs are proof that a little thing can help make a big difference.

Collecting soda tabs is a great way to teach the importance of recycling and help raise money to help families in the house. You can collect tabs in cardboard boxes, coffee cans or ziplock bags. The organization collects soda tabs instead of entire can because they are more hygienic and easier to store. Soda tabs are also worth more than the entire can because they are made of higher quality aluminum with no paint or residue.

            Since 1988 Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area has been keeping families close in a place that feels like home – providing stability and resources when they need it most.  The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) is to surround families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. They provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together.  RMHC is committed to providing exceptional programs for families with seriously ill or injured children with fiscal responsibility, accountability – and thoughtfulness.

          Through their two core programs, the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room, they provide families the ability to face the weight of illness together in close proximity to the treatment facility.  By creating a comforting and supportive space for families, they are able to help ease many of their day-to-day burdens so that parents can focus on what is most important — the well-being of their sick or injured child.

          The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of children receiving treatment at area hospitals. Seriously ill or injured children cope better when surrounded by loved ones. Their mission is made possible through the help of our partner-in-care, McDonald’s, and thanks to the donations and gifts from generous individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations. The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City continues to open welcoming doors to families in need, by keeping families close, so that together they can rest and regroup; hope and heal; laugh and love. 

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Lora Fielding

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