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Be a Hero -- Donate Pop Tabs For Sick Children

5:36 PM, Aug 5, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's an easy way to be a hero.  And it matters.

You can collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, a place where families can stay when their children are battling serious illnesses, such as cancer.

Mary Breedlove with Ronald McDonald House says the tabs last year paid their utility bill at the House, which is near Baptist Medical Center and Nemours Children's Clinic in San Marco.

"We could use some heroes," Breedlove says.

She says 1,334 tabs makes one pound of aluminum to recycle.

Typically, that brings in 60 cents. While that may not sound like a ton of money, she says, if you add everyone's donated tabs together it mounts up.

In fact, last year the donated tabs added up to $8,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.

Click on the story to meet Trenton and his family from the Northside.  They've been collecting tabs for three years and just donated their big bag to the House.

Trenton, by the way, is a hero for two reasons.  He also donated hair to Kutting for Kids.  You have to see his hair in the BEFORE photo in the video to see why that was a big deal.

If you'd like to donate pop tabs, you can drop them off at the Ronald McDonald house at 824 Children's Way or the Main Recycling Center at 1352 West Beaver Street.  (Just tell the recycling center you are raising money for the Jacksonville Ronald McDonald House.)

You can reach the House at 904-807-HOME (4663).

Also, the House has a wish list of items needed for families staying there.


  • breakfast bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • coffee creamer
  • creamer packets
  • individual portion of chips or cookies or fruits or meats
  • sugar packets
  • hand soap
  • bleach
  • flashlights
  • laundry detergent (big request)
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • magic erasers
  • shower curtain liners
  • Swiffer Sweeper dry refills
  • Paper cups, bowls, plates, napkins, plastic forks, knives, spoons and Zip Lock bags
  • 8 1/2 X 11 white copy paper or pink copy paper
  • Post-It Notes
  • medium-sized teddy bears (must be new)
  • tickets to area attractions

CLICK HERE if you want to be a HERO.

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