2018-08-29 / School News

Burke 4-H’ers make difference through pop-tab donation

Mary Helen Coble
Burke County 4-H’er

Burke County 4-H Senior Board members include, from left, Hannah Eckerman, Mary Helen Coble, Morgan Brantley and Chasity Lord. Burke County 4-H Senior Board members include, from left, Hannah Eckerman, Mary Helen Coble, Morgan Brantley and Chasity Lord. Throughout each academic year, 4-H’ers across Georgia are encouraged to save pop tabs for the state-wide Ronald McDonald House pop tab drive. This year, every fourth and fifth grade class in Burke County collected a plethora of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. For the 4-H pop tab drive, counties in Georgia bring their collection of pop tabs to a fall 4-H conference, which donates the money from the pop-tabs to a different Ronald McDonald House in Georgia each year. This year, the Burke County 4-H Club decided to hold onto their pop-tabs and donate them directly to the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta. Burke County 4-H agent Meridith Franks and AmeriCorps member Jennifer Faulk started preparing a special planning day for the Burke County 4-H Senior Board, which consists of Morgan Brantley as president, Hannah Eckerman as vice president, Mary Helen Coble as secretary and Chasity Lord as reporter.

The Burke County 4-H Senior Board packed up all of the pop tabs and drove to the Augusta Ronald McDonald House Charity. This charity collects pop tabs for patients staying at a hospital whose families cannot afford a hotel bill on top of medical bills. Once there, the officers were given a tour of the fairly-new facility. The hotel-like building included a dining room, where buffet-style dinner for guests is provided by volunteers every night and a family kitchen for families who wish to make a meal on their own while staying. The family kitchen is also stocked with donations. There is a toy closet where any child, including siblings of patients, can go into the child-sized closet full of toys and pick out one toy. There are more than 20 rooms configured like a hotel, and all of the rooms there are almost always completely full. Near the rooms, basic necessities are kept in a closet including shampoo, toothbrushes and deodorant. When the officers completed the tour, they knew this was something they wanted to continue to be a part of.

If you have a collection of pop-tabs from your canned drinks that you would like to donate to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, please bring them to the Burke County Extension Office located in the Burke County Office Park. For more information about Burke County 4-H and the programs offered, please contact 706-554- 2119 or uge3033@uga.edu.

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