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Delivering tabs for kids

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Gwen Burke and Karen Hamilton delivered almost 40 pounds of popped top tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque. The Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell has been collecting tabs for over five years now and delivering them to the Ronald McDonald House. The tabs are reported to be of better quality aluminum and therefore you are able to get a better price for this aluminum. Besides, it’s much easier to carry 40 pounds of tabs than 40 pounds of cans.

The Ronald McDonald House sells the tabs and uses the money to purchase toilet paper, paper towels and any other toiletries needed for those staying in the house. The house is made available for those parents with a child receiving cancer treatments. It was discovered that Chaves County residents use over a third of the reservations at the house in any given period. A lot of our parents stay there while the child is going through different cancer treatments.

Like Albuquerque, larger cities have their own hospitals that offer such services and don’t need a place to stay since they live much closer to their child while undergoing such treatments. Usually, the parents have to spend several nights at a time while their child is being taken care of. The Sunrise Optimist Club saw the need and decided this would be a good way to assist the parents and the youth of our area.

If you or your organization would like to collect tabs and help with this project, contact club president Pat Burnett at 420-9421 and she will let you know how and where to deposit the tabs. We deliver them to Albuquerque approximately every three months. We would like to thank one of the adult Sunday School classes at First Baptist Church who has been helping us for a couple of years now collecting and donating the tabs to our club.

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