|Children saved soda pop tabs for six months|
Rocky Mount Moose Lodge and Family Center #1053 recently raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House program. Participants included, in the front row, from left, Moose Lodge junior members Nicholas Snead and Samuel Snead; second row – lodge Governor Andy Dalton, junior members Matilda Torres, Maryann Torres, Gabriela Garcia and Alexis Dalton, and Ronald McDonald Charities Representative Laney Morfield.
Monday, February 17, 2014
A one-gallon pickle jar helped provide some funding for the local Ronald McDonald House.
Andy Taylor, governor of Rocky Mount Moose Lodge and Family Center #1053, said the lodge and members' children have collected and saved soda pop tabs for six months.
For every 60 tabs donated, someone can stay in the Ronald McDonald House for free for one hour while their child stays in the hospital, Taylor said.
The house is available for those who cannot afford to stay at a motel.
"I have seen the work (at a Ronald McDonald House) first hand and the difference that they make in people's lives," Taylor said. "I support them 100 percent."
The jar held 3,812 tabs, he said, and a 50/50 raffle to guess the number of tabs was won by Charles Lynch, who estimated there were 3,819 tabs in the jar.
The jar and a $100 cash donation were presented to Ronald McDonald Charities Representative Laney Morfield last week.