Mackenzie Strickland of Bridgehampton is a busy middle school student.
The 12-year-old attends Community House Middle, has a full course load and participates in theater and sports.
In her free time, Mackenzie participates in Girl Scouts, plays softball outside of school and collects aluminum pop tabs from her neighbors, friends, local schools and businesses.
The collected pop tabs are a part of the Meck 13 Girl Scout division's annual fundraiser. The division will collect pop tabs, weigh them and then the American Legion will take the tabs to a recycling center to be exchanged for cash.
All proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
In 2009, the division raised a record 423 pounds of tabs and raised $277. The proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House in Raleigh. Mackenzie hopes to top the record and bring in as much money as possible.
"It's a great place where parents can come and be with their children while they are sick," said Mackenzie. "I hope we can do this all the time and get as many people involved as possible."
The ceremony to weigh the pop tabs will be March 8 at Community House Middle School.
Mackenzie, who is leading the project to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, has arranged for Ronald McDonald to make an appearance during the weigh-in.
She has also arranged for the troops that collect the most tabs to win prizes for first, second and third place.
Mackenzie has been to businesses such as Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart to ask for donations of $50 gift cards for the winning troops. Wal-Mart also is collecting tabs to add to the Scouts' total.
Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, will be collecting pop tabs for the Scouts. Church members and individuals from the community can donate.
Mackenzie has been in Scouts for eight years, and her older sister, Sterling, 14, and mother, Garianna, have been involved for nine years.
Mackenzie said she enjoys being a Girl Scout and meeting new people.
"I like the feeling of helping other people, interacting with new people and playing games," she said.
Mackenzie said that earning her Silver Award has been a lot of work, but that she's enjoyed the process.
"I've been talking to a lot of different people, doing a ton of paper work," she said. "Mostly I'm trying to get people involved and encouraged."