Warren McDonald’s helps charity by collecting aluminum pop tabs

Warren McDonald’s swing managers (left) Tabatha Anderson and Destiny Campbell hold up a garbage can full of pop tabs donated to the ‘Pull for Ronald McDonald House Charities’ program.

It takes a lot of pop tabs to fill a garbage can.

But it doesn’t take a long time at the Warren McDonald’s.

Through the “Pull for Ronald McDonald House Charities” program, McDonald’s collects and recycles pull tabs from the tops of aluminum cans. “They bring in the pop tabs, we take them to Jamestown and turn them in,” Swing Manager Destiny Campbell said. “Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House.”

“It goes toward helping the parents and children stay together with children who are ill or have to go in for surgery,” Swing Manager Tabatha Anderson said.

There are Ronald McDonald Houses near hospitals in Erie and Pittsburgh where families may spend the nights while their children have to be in the hospital.

McDonald’s restaurants throughout the region began an effort four years ago. Most stopped. “Since our store did so well, we kept collecting,” Campbell said. “We do this all year round.”

There are some donors, including Morgan Zaffino, who regularly bring in tabs, Anderson said. “She goes around to everyone she knows.”

Campbell said it took donors less than a month to fill up the first of two garbage cans at the store just for the purpose of keeping pop tabs.

There are pop tab collection boxes available at McDonald’s, but they are not required. “You can bring the pop tabs down in any kind of container,” Anderson said.

The managers will be happy to add them to the pile.

If school groups are interested in challenges to see which class or classes can collect the most, Campbell said, “we can set something up.”