20 years of tabs

A local group known as the Happy Campers is celebrating its 20th year of helping to make people who use the Ronald McDonald House a little happier.

For the last two decades, this group of between 100 and 150 people has been collecting aluminum can tabs via a friendly competition which has evolved into three teams. The tabs are eventually taken to a recycling center and turned into cash which is then given to the Ronald McDonald House. Those facilities like the one in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa serve as a temporary home for parents whose children are being treated for medical conditions at nearby hospitals.

“Twice a year—every spring and fall—we get together and have a friendly competition to see who can collect the most can/pop tabs,” said Jackie Plagemann, who along with husband Phil take part in the ongoing effort.

(Please see the September 17 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)


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