April 12, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin athletics department donated nearly 146 pounds of pull tabs from aluminum cans to place second in a community service project sponsored by the Southland Conference. The contest involved all 12 league members.
The Ronald McDonald Houses collect the pull tabs, instead of entire aluminum cans, because it's more hygienic to store, and collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children.
After the collection process, the tabs will be taken to a recycling center where they will be weighed and recycled. The money raised from the tabs goes to purchase supplies, food and transportation for families to and from the hospital.
"We look for projects where our athletes can get involved in the community every year," said assistant athletics director Amber Burdge. "The Ronald McDonald House is well known for the work they do for families so it was easy to get our athletes on board. We not only had great support from our athletes, but the families of our athletes also got involved, and we would like to thank them for their support of the Ronald McDonald House as well."