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ST. THOMAS AND THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE WE MADE OUR FIRST DELIVERY!!!

By Mary Ann Jones

On Saturday, Sept 13, John and I, along with two friends, Taya and Nicole, made a delivery of 17 GALLONS of POP-TOPS to the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando in the name of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

THE POP-TOP PROGRAM
At the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando, POP-TOPS mean a lot! Although they may seem insignificant, when the efforts of individuals, civic group, churches and businesses are combined, they really add up. As a matter of fact, since December 1996 the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando has collected more than 10 TONS of POP-TOPS! That equals more than 25 million POP-TOPS!

Ronald McDonald House is a temporary housing facility for families of critically ill children receiving medical treatment in Orlando area hospitals. Families are charged $10.00 per night, if they can afford it. However, operational expenses outweigh this income. The POP-TOP Program is one of the many fund-raisers that helps subsidize the house. The house is a collection station for POP-TOPS. When managers collect all that the house can hold, they take them to a local recycler who cuts them a check for the proceeds. This money helps them pay the electric bill.

WHY DON'T THEY ACCEPT ENTIRE CANS, YOU ASK?
Space is very limited and it would be impossible for them to collect and handle entire cans. Also, the POP-TOPS are made from a higher quality aluminum than the can so reimbursement from they recycle center is higher. Ronald McDonald House earns between 36-42 cents per pound for POP-TOPS. If you do the math, you will see that they collected POP-TOPS brought in between $7,200-$8,400 since 1996. That paid for quite a bit of electricity for lights, refrigerators, washing machine and dryer use, computers, TV's and all other electrical needs made available to guests.

THIS PROGRAM IS A WIN-WIN SITUATION
The families of the Ronald McDonald House benefit form the donations in that they are provided a clean, safe environment close to the hospital as they await the homecoming of their sick child, it helps the House to keep the "lights on" (so to speak,) and it helps to keep the environment clean.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
The managers on duty when we arrived were thrilled to accept our donation and gave us a wonderful tour of the facility. They were very grateful for your caring contribution and look forward to our next "delivery." They asked me to thank you for your kindness and willingness to help them to help others.



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