ST. LOUIS – It’s only fitting that five years after the world’s 300th Ronald McDonald House opened on the campus of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy co-workers celebrated by collecting 300-plus pounds of tab tops benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities. In addition, it’s been 10 years since Mercy Children’s Hospital opened the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in the St. Louis area and the traditional symbol of a 10th anniversary is aluminum.
Mercy presented aluminum tab tops to Ronald McDonald and Ronald McDonald House Charities representatives in the hospital lobby on Sept. 23.
“We wanted to do something significant to mark both anniversaries while at the same time helping our patients and families,” said Christine Crain, Mercy Kids chief operating officer. “We asked our co-workers to begin saving tab tops six months ago and had no idea we’d get such a great response.”
The 390 pounds equates to 484,635 tab tops – nearly half a million cans - and if laid end to end it would be 7.6 miles of tabs. While these numbers are significant, the most important part of the donation is the 15 families the tabs will help by providing meals and lodging at the Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis President Dan Harbaugh added: “Whether it’s collecting tab tops, hosting Wish List drives or providing monetary support, Mercy has always stepped-up when RMHC needed them. Together, we have been able to provide a home-away-from-home for countless ill children and their families at a time when it mattered most. We could not be more grateful for this amazing partnership and look forward to serving the St. Louis community together for many more years to come.”