McDonald’s turns can tabs into dollars for its charities

McDonald’s in Warren would be more than happy to take those little aluminum tabs from your cold beer or pop.

“We were getting a lot of them,” said McDonald’s Swing Manager Tabatha Anderson, “the businesses can come down and just pick up a ‘house’ or they can fill up containers and bring them into us.”

The response in Warren was so good McDonald’s decided to keep the fundraiser going year round.

“They come through drive through with baggies full and bring them in,” Anderson said.

Businesses can pick up a house-shaped container to bring to work and return later. All the donations are transported to Erie and the funds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children’s lives through our global network of Chapters in 57 countries and regions and through our three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile,” according to the website.

Cans can be recycled with their pop tops removed, Destiny Campbell, career trainer at McDonald’s said.

“It’s just taking the tab off and giving it to us, recycling it in two different ways,” said Campbell. “It’s not like you have to purchase anything, you just have to bring in your tabs.”

The two closest Ronald McDonald Houses are in Erie and Buffalo, N.Y.