PRESS RELEASE: July 22, 2020- Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida has announced plans to suspend its popular “tab program” for the foreseeable future. The tiny pull tab is the only pure aluminum on a soda can and in large quantities has value to recyclers. People of all ages have collected the pop tabs and have lovingly delivered their precious stash to the Ronald McDonald House in baggies, cartons, boxes, and five-gallon jugs filled to the brim. Their efforts have raised monies that have helped to supplement the Charities’ House operations.
“Collecting tabs is such a sweet gesture and we know it is a way of life for many of our generous supporters” said Laura Ragain, executive director. “We will always be grateful for the incredible community support we’ve enjoyed for so many years. This decision was not made lightly, but in light of the pandemic and for the safety and comfort level of our wonderful volunteers who clean and transport the tabs, it’s the responsible thing to do.”