Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 37: Started Collecting Pop Tabs


Every year in elementary school, we would have a portion of the year that we collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (Noticed I said pop and not soda. This is because it is called pop.). I always looked forward to this because it meant that I had an excuse to drink insane amounts of pop. I could easily plow through a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper within a couple of days. To a young boy, the joy of ripping the tab off of the can and adding it to my ever growing pile was only matched by watching Michael Jordan play basketball and also by successfully coloring inside the lines. As I collected to tabs and eventually turned them into my teacher, I never really thought about or appreciated what I was doing. Today, I don't drink nearly as much pop as I used to. However, I do have a better understanding of the impact that the RMHC Pop Tab Collections have. An enormous amount of money (in some instances, tens of thousands of dollars per RMHC chapter) is raised for families to have a "home away from home" for little or no cost nearby their hospitalized children struggling with illness. So for today's random act of kindness, I am embarking on a side mission. From now until the end of March, I am collecting any and all pop (or beer) tabs. I hope my teeth don't fall out from all of the pop I am prepared to consume. If anyone wants to donate tabs, please let me know at 366RandomActs@gmail.com.

6 comments:

  1. I just heard about your blog today on the radio. What you are doing is so incredibly inspiring. If you are ever looking for possible ideas for an act of kindness I have a blog where I post opportunities to give and donate. If you are interested it is doortodonate.wordpress.com. Good luck!!

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  2. Hey just saw you on Inside Edition!!! Awesome. I'll try to keep following your blog.

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  3. WOW, you are an inspiration! I will follow your blog and be more aware of what I do, who I talk to and how I impact them every day. Just know that YOU make such a difference in a person, family and organizations life. What a great person you and your wife are. May God continue to bless you and wife.

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  4. I saw you in Inside Edition. Its really great that you did this. Its really inspiring.. even here halfway around the globe! I'm going to share this to my students and hopefully they too will be inspired and do random acts of kindness. Keep it up! I'm sure that you will be blessed too as you bless others as well. :)

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  5. You could also collect box tops and donate them to a local school that collects them.

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  6. I know this was posted more than a year ago now, but I wanted to let you know how much this act in particular speaks to me - I live in the Uk and we also have the RM houses - When my nephew was 18 months old, doctors found a (thankfully benign) tunmor the size of a grapefruit in his chest - The size of that large tumor in his small body meant that his heart had been pushed to one side, one lung partially collapsed and his windpipe displaced - By the time doctors found it, he couldn't run without having to stop and sit down, and he couldn't lie down to sleep as the displaced windpipe meant he couldn't breathe properly in that position. After a 6 hour operation, he was in hospital for 3 weeks recovering. The RM house near the hospital meant that my mum & sister could be at his bedside 24/7 at the most critical time of his life. I'm happy to say he is turning 5 this year, and is very healthy, and very happy (and we can't keep up with him!!) In 3 weeks time, my parents are doing a sponsored motorbike ride to visit all 14 RM houses in Britain - More than 1300 miles in total (thats more than 2000 km!) Perhaps you would be able to do a random act of kindness (UK edition!) and visit the justgiving page (below) to check out what it's all about, and maybe make a small donation?? I hope you don't find this request too cheeky, but I've found that there's no harm in asking... :)

    www.justgiving.com/RoundHouse-Challenge

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