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500 pounds of pop tabs
Donation supports Ronald McDonald House
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Debbie Hamrick, adult education coordinator at The Franklin Center, recently donated over 500 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke. Above, from left, are Laney Mofield with the Roanoke Ronald McDonald House, Hamrick and Amanda Rucker with McDonald’s.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Debbie Hamrick, the adult education coordinator at The Franklin Center, recently donated over 500 pounds of pop tabs to the Roanoke Ronald McDonald House.

The 11 plastic tubs of pop tabs were collected over a period of about three years by Hamrick, her family, friends, and students and staff of Brosville Elementary in Pittsylvania County and The Franklin Center, Hamrick said. The pop tabs were delivered to Rocky Mount McDonald's by Hamrick and her family last week.

"We have a Ronald McDonald House collection box at The Franklin Center," said Hamrick. "People bring in the tabs. When it (the donation box) fills up, I take them home and put them in a tub. When the tub fills up, we put it in the basement. It got to the point where we ran out of tubs."

The Ronald McDonald House takes collected pop tabs to their local recycle, who then gives the House money. The money is used to house and feed families who are in need of lodging and meals during a sick loved one's hospital stay.

"The tabs offset the cost of families staying at the Ronald McDonald House," said Laney Mofield, executive director of the Roanoke Ronald McDonald House. "We recycle anywhere from two and a half to three tons of tabs a year, and the recycle gives us a higher rate because the tabs are made of a purer and heavier aluminum than a can."

The Ronald McDonald House does not charge families to stay, according to Mofield, and the money from tabs pays for about six months of their electric bill and their food budget for a year.

"The tab collection is very significant for us," she said. "It is a very simple habit (saving pop tabs) and a little means a lot. Support from the community and from McDonald's restaurants goes a long way."

The Franklin Center also donates aluminum cans to the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.

"The tabs go to Ronald McDonald House and the cans go to Habitat for Humanity," said Hamrick. "This way, both organizations get something out of it."

Saved pop tabs can be dropped off locally at The Franklin Center in downtown Rocky Mount, Franklin County Perinatal Education Center on South Main Street or at any McDonald's restaurant.

For more information about the nearest Ronald McDonald House or pop tab donations, visit

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