By Barb Elder
Now, I know there are a lot of people in CY who drink beverages from aluminum cans. I know this because I see the empty remains sitting in your recycling containers on my Thursday morning walks…that is if I get out and about before the can collectors have made their rounds. While this year’s CY Pop-Tab-Palooza competition is winding down, there has never been a better time to start thinking about next year.
For those who aren’t familiar with Pop-Tab-Palooza, it is a fundraiser that benefits the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Memphis. In a nutshell, RMH provides a free place to stay for families who are in Memphis while their child is receiving treatment for cancer or another catastrophic illness at St. Jude. Instead of asking for donations for such a worthy cause or getting you to buy tickets for an event, RMH simply asks you to take a few seconds each time you crack open a cold beverage, pull off the little aluminum tab on the top of the can, and stash it away. Then every September at the CYCA booth at the Cooper-Young Festival you can drop off those tabs, and they will be turned in to RMH and recycled for cash that goes to the charity. It doesn’t cost you a cent – just a little time. And to top it all off, the block that turns in the most tabs gets $100 (generously donated by Beth and Steve Pulliam) toward the most amazing block party this neighborhood has ever seen.
Well, the results of this year’s CY Pop-Tab-Palooza competition are in. First place and $100 goes, once again, to the Evelyn crew (Cooper to Tanglewood) who turned in 6,097 tabs. Coming in second were the New Yorkers (Oliver to Nelson) with 1,806 tabs. And a respectable third place goes to the Nelson gang (Barksdale to Tanglewood) who donated 754 tabs.
Now that is quite a few tabs, so great job to all who participated! But neighborhood wide, I think it is safe to say, we are barely scratching the surface. Take a minute today to label a ziplock bag, find some space in a kitchen cabinet or drawer, and commit to this small action to support RMH. For the more ambitious among you, consider labeling a bag or box, placing it in the break room at your work place, and getting others to pitch in. The effort is minimal, but the payoff for RMH is huge.