Auxiliary collecting pull tabs for charity
During December, Fran Marquardt hopes, Tonganoxie area residents give generously -- of their aluminum pull tabs.
During the past few months, the auxiliary of Tonganoxie's Veterans of Foreign Wars post has encouraged people to donate their pull tabs as a community service project.
Marquardt, junior vice president of the group, said the project will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses in the Kansas City area.
"I would like to collect as many as we can in December," she said.
Collection cans have been set up at several Tonganoxie businesses, along with two schools. So far, the auxiliary has collected more than 28,000 tabs. And Marquardt has high hopes for the next few weeks.
"I thought that maybe I would turn those in in January and then do the project again in four or five months so that if people continued to save the tabs, that would be great," Marquardt said.
The tabs will be sent to the Ronald McDonald Charities in Kansas City, which will sell the tabs to a recycler that pays 40 cents for each pound of tabs. According to information from the Ronald McDonald charities, about 1,300 tabs are needed to make up just one pound.
Through its two Ronald McDonald Houses and a Ronald McDonald House Family Room, the group provides support to families of children who are seriously ill. The charity offers lodging, respite and personal support to more than 300 families each month.
For more information about the VFW auxiliary's project, call Marquardt, 369-3194.