Mom of 2- Nancy Johnson, 50 of South Charlotte, began collecting tabs for the Million Pop Top Challenge the Summer of 2013 for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte. RMH can get $.35-$.85 for every pound of pop tabs collected. 1 million pop tops is about 1000 pounds and roughly $350-$850. Keep reading to see what led Nancy to this amazing charity!
Q. What made you decide to join the the million tab challenge for the Ronald McDonald House?
A. The summer of 2008, my oldest son (who was 3 at the time) had a bad accident while we were at the beach after he fell off a 6-foot wall. He was airlifted to ECU in Greenville, NC and had emergency surgery to repair his fractured skull. While in the hospital, my husband and I stayed at the Greenville Ronald McDonald House.
The RMH was a wonderful "home away from home" for us and provided a warm, supportive environment for us during that stressful time. One of us would stay in the RMH and get a good nights' sleep while the other one stayed in the hospital with our son. When we returned to Charlotte, we were so excited to learn that Charlotte was getting their very own RMH!!! We enjoy being involved and giving back to this wonderful home that meant so much to us!!
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Q. What all does the Ronald McDonald House do for families?
A. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring “home away from home.” They also provide nightly meals, sibling activities, parent interaction and sharing, weekly family-friendly activities, spiritual support, and more.
Q. How long did your family stay in the RMH? What was your experience like?
A. We were only at the Greenville RMH for 1 week. Some families stay shorter times, but many stay for weeks/months. Our experience at the RMH was great. It was a highly stressful time for our family during that time, but the RMH was so supportive and welcoming. Having a comfortable, friendly place to make our "home base" helped to ease the stress.
Q. What do you do to collect tabs?
A. We pull off the tabs from drinks, soup cans, tennis cans, any cans that have aluminum tabs.
Q. What will 1 million tabs do for Ronald McDonald House?
A. You see them every time you open up a soft drink or soup, sometimes even find them when you feed your pet. Those tiny little tabs are easy to overlook, but they can make a BIG impact on the families at Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte!
Though small, tabs are clean and easy to collect - and they add up fast. The House takes tabs into local recycling centers and exchange the tabs for money for our guest family fund! Although it costs the House approximately $89 a night to shelter a family in medical crisis, families are invited to make only a small financial donation - many cannot afford to contribute anything at all. The money from pop tabs helps to ensure that we are able to accommodate every guest, regardless of their ability to pay.
Q. How many tabs have you collected so far?
A. So far, we have collected around 100,000 tabs!!!
Q. How many people are in your group?
A. Our team is named Team "Jump for JOY” because that is what we did after Jim's recovered from his fall! Team Jump for JOY is made up of lots of friends and family members. We want to spread the JOY and raise some money for the RMH and the families that stay there.
There are many ways to get involved and help out the RMH. You can check out the website for more information on ways to help this amazing home. www.rmhofcharlotte.org