Travis' bus driver, is unlike any other I have ever known. She gets the kids involved with several service projects throughout the school year. They do toy and food drives during the holidays, and all year long, his bus collects...pop tabs, for the American Legion, who in turn, take them to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. OUR Ronald McDonald House.
Pop tab collection for Ronald McDonald Houses (around the country) is NOT an urban legend. Each house takes the tabs that are donated, to an aluminum recycling center, and then receive money in exchange for the tabs. That money is then used to help meet expenses at the house.
Pop tab fun facts:
Approximately 1,430 pull tabs = one pound
The RMH of Durham receives the going rate for aluminum, which changes as the demand changes - varying from rates of 23 to 52 cents per pound on any given period.
The RMH of Durham averages about 450 pounds every 10 days, or approximately $234.
Every penny helps families stay at the House -- $10 pays for one family for one night!
Travis' bus collected right at 100 pounds of pop tabs this school year! That is enough pop tabs to fill TWELVE 2-gallon zip loc bags!!! That is enough to provide at LEAST 20 nights to families with sick children at Duke Children's Hospital. He and a handful of other students were asked to come represent his bus, as they were recognized for their collection efforts.
Ms Leslie got up, told about the giving hearts of the students on her bus. She pointed out our family, and how the Ronald McDonald House had helped us. Another students family has stayed at the RMH of Chapel Hill.
Travis and his friends (and Riley) present all the tabs collected to the crowd (as Mommy cried)
They were all presented with a flag for their efforts
So next time you crack open a soda can, a soup can, or any can with a pop tab, make sure you save that tab. The family you help could be mine!