The Taylor, Michigan campus of Ross Medical Education Center is excited to announce their second annual pop tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, Michigan. Over the course of a two month period, the campus was able to acquire 22 pounds of pop tabs. Though this may not seem like much, since the Ronald McDonald House is funded solely by donations, every little bit counts. It also exceeded last year’s drive that collected 20 pounds.
The organization constantly receives pop tab donations from various local donors. Then, once a large amount of tabs have been donated, they are taken to a local recycling center where they receive anywhere from 23 to 52 cents per pound during any given period. According to their website, “they average about 450 pounds every 10 days.”
The Ross staff, faculty, and students know that every penny helps families stay at the house when they have children who are sick in the hospital. Since the family is so close, this enables them to be with their child more and are only charged $10 per day for one family as opposed to an expensive hotel stay. Not only are they provided with necessary living space, the parents are able to give and receive support from other families who are going through similar situations.
Upon arrival at the Ronald McDonald House, Assistant Campus Director of Education Pam Kowalski and Career Services Student Support Representative Samantha Mele were greeted by Irma Hudson, the Resident Manager of the Ronald McDonald House. She was overwhelmed by the donation and so grateful for the support. Samantha enjoyed getting to meet Irma saying, “no matter the donation, large or small, it is so rewarding to give and be appreciated. She had tears in her eyes and greatly accepted our donation. It is a great feeling to know that this donation was so well received and needed.”