Donation benefits Ronald McDonald House
By Travis Mounts
HAYSVILLE – “It was one of those things.”
That’s how Haysville resident Tif Adams described her effort to collect pop tabs for charity.
Adams recently made a donation of nearly 50 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House – 48 pounds, 13.39 ounces, to be exact.
Ronald McDonald Houses across the country collect tabs and then get paid for recycling them. The money helps the charity provide a home-like setting for families with seriously ill or injured children, allowing them to stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Donations cover the costs of home-cooked meals, private bedrooms and playrooms for children. The Wichita Ronald McDonald House is located on Hillside, across from Wesley Medical Center.
Adams stumbled onto the idea of collecting pop tabs from a buddy at the gym she works out at.
“I work with a lot of people. I decided to get them to help,” she said, noting that she has about 500 coworkers. “Everybody lives off energy drinks and pop during the day, and maybe they have a beer at night.”
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She then began looking for other places to find tabs. She collected about 3,000 tabs at the Dam Music Festival last summer at El Dorado State Park.
“After that I thought, ‘This is kind of fun,’” Adams said. “A lot of people forget that the Ronald McDonald House does this.”
Over the course of six months, her collection grew. She recently joined the Haysville Happenings Facebook group and shared what she was doing. That reaped a lot of donations in recent weeks. One woman donated eight pounds of tabs. She has been saving tabs for about 21 years, Adams said, and that donation was about three years worth of collecting.
This is now an ongoing effort for Adams. She’s continuing to collect tabs at work. There is a drop-off on the backside of the Family Life Center at the United Methodist Church in Haysville, where Adams worships. She’s met people from across Haysville who have helped out.
“It’s a small community. I drive the whole town,” she said.
She’s also working to set up donation sites in different locations. If you are in a business in Haysville or the surrounding area and see a box for pop tab donations, that’s probably the work of Adams.
“It’s something fun. It’s sort of a hobby but for a good cause,” she said. “Every little bit counts – even one. It all adds up.”
If you’d like to help Adams with a donation, you can text or call her at 316-214-6728.