"Saves" are an important statistic in baseball. The Princeton Rays are hopeful they can encourage all the team's fans to save all their soda pop pull tabs and bring them to Hunnicutt Field. The Princeton Rays will in turn donate the pop tabs to Ronald McDonald Charities through their Charleston, WV facility.
The collection of pop tabs is an important revenue-raising source for Ronald McDonald House locations world-wide. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is an independent 501c3 organization whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
Once pop tabs are opened on a soft drink can, at first glance they seem to have no further relevant use but the Princeton Rays and the Princeton Senior High School Key Club beg to differ. The P-Rays are honored to join the local high school's Key Clib chapter in their quest to accumulate pop tabs for donation.
"I personally have delivered about 150 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston on behalf of the Princeton Senior High School Key Club. I 've been through the whole Charleston facility and see the great work they are doing in comforting families through meals and lodging at a time when they have sick kids in nearby hospitals. We thoroughly support the efforts of the PSHS Key Club to collect these items and encourage our fans to bring all their leftover pop tabs here to the stadium and put them into special clear plastic containers we will make available at several locations in the stadium. Collecting these pop tabs is a very simple way that everyone in the P-Rays family can help," outlined P-Rays' General Manager Jim Holland. He added that he has encountered many people that have utilized the services of a Ronald McDonald House location sometime during their lives.
The RMHC Pop Tab Program has already generated more than $4 million. The Pop Tab Collection Program was been established to allow individuals and businesses to collect soda pop tabs from aluminum cans and donate them to their local RMHC Chapter or Ronald McDonald's House. Though it differs from program to program, for the most part, RMHC Chapters use the money received from recycling the tabs to help offset operational expenses or to sponsor or support programs.
So for the balance of this 2013 Appalachian League season, let's get started and bring those used pop tabs to our collection points at Hunnicutt Field. Persons needing more information are encouraged to contact the Princeton Rays front office either by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 304-487-2000.