Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2003

VFW auxiliary seeks help with project

Members to collect tabs from cans

September 17, 2003

The auxiliary of Tonganoxie's Veterans of Foreign Wars post wants community members to pop their tops.

According to Fran Marquardt, junior vice president of the group, the women's auxiliary is undertaking a community service project to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses in the Kansas City area.

¢ Several Tonganoxie businesses and organizations are serving as drop-off sites for the Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary's community service project.

¢ The pull tabs from aluminum cans may be dropped off at The Mirror newspaper, 520 E. Fourth; B&J Country Mart, U.S. Highway 24-40 and Ridge; the Wander In, 630 E. Fourth; Casey's, U.S. Highway 24-40 and Fourth Street; and the Community Education/Volunteer Center, 206 E. Second.

¢ VFW auxiliary members will send the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House charities in Kansas City, which will recycle the tabs for money.

Tonganoxie community members can help by saving the tabs from aluminum cans and taking them to several drop-off sites in the city.

The auxiliary, which is kicking off the service project this week, hopes to collect a million tabs a month for the next three months.

Although Marquardt acknowledges that is a lofty goal, she has high hopes.

"I think we probably can do it," she said. "I know that's a lot of tabs. I think it's going to take a lot of people's help."

Marquardt said she would like Scouting groups and area 4-H clubs to consider participating in the project.

The auxiliary will send the tabs 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 support to more than 300 families a month.

For more information about the VFW auxiliary's project, call Marquardt, 369-3194.

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