OHIO VALLEY — Little by little, big things are accomplished.
This spring, the call went out from Holdyn Keefer, a student at Point Pleasant Primary School, asking his classmates to collect pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington. Keefer, who has leukemia, and his family, have utilized the facility while he has received treatment at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
The challenge spread to other schools in not only Mason County, but schools in Gallia, Meigs and Scioto counties in Ohio as well as Jackson County, W.Va. Businesses then became involved like Fruth Pharmacy, Paint Plus, Remo’s Hotdogs and Tuscany restaurant, as well as New Hope Bible Baptist Church. Holdyn’s dad Travis works at Constellium in Ravenswood which also took up a collection, as well as many more – all of whom the Keefer’s thanked for their participation.
In all, the drive collected 1,800 pounds of pop can tabs which Travis said he was told equates to a little over two million tabs. The Keefers (including Holdyn and his parents Travis and Sarah who are originally from Gallia County, along with brothers Dylan and Landyn who were also heavily involved in the collection) helped deliver all 1,800 pounds to the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington this week.
Travis said Holdyn was “shocked” at the mountain of pop tabs which were bagged up and ready to be recycled.
“It was an honor for us to do it for the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington because this is a way we can give back,” Travis said. “We will be doing this again next year. I thought for the first year, that it was a great success and we’re hoping next year it will be even better.”
Travis said he knew of several children already starting their collection for next year.
Ronald McDonald House Charities collects pop tabs and recycles them as a fundraiser to assist with providing various services to families with children who are ill.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.