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Community Effort Helps the Ronald McDonald House

By Dorothy Evans

Did you know that something as little as a pop top can make a huge difference in a person’s life?  Hard to believe, but true.  

A few months ago, the Weiser Lions Club joined forces with numerous other Lions clubs in Idaho in a push to collect pop tops.  Once recycled, the funds received will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Boise.  If you’ve never had to use the Ronald McDonald House, count yourself blessed.  Those families who have used their facility, some from right here in Weiser, count themselves blessed as well because it provided a place to stay while their child received medical care at St. Luke’s Hospital.  

The Weiser Lions wholeheartedly dove into the effort.  A flyer was included in Weiser utility bills asking residents to put their discarded pop tops in designated buckets at the recycle center.  Since then, hundreds of pop tops have been collected at the center.  But the people in Weiser didn’t stop there.  They, too, took on the quest.  The employees at Columbia Bank put collection cans on their desks for customers’ use.  Seeing the cans, Ole’s Tavern started saving theirs and dropped off the large boxful.  

Pop tops can be given to any Weiser Lion and many of the Lions’ families and friends are doing just that.  There’s been a wonderful snowball effect because people not only save theirs but they’ve asked their families to save as well.  Pioneer School donated over a thousand pop tops to one of our members.  It’s wonderful to see an entire town make an effort to help others and the Lions are very thankful.

There’s a beautiful Alan Jackson Christmas song that says, “let there be love that lasts through the year”.  Let’s keep this love going.  Wouldn’t it be great if all Weiser’s bars, restaurants and the golf course helped out too? 

It only takes a few seconds to pull off the pop top from a can, but the rewards are great.  If you’d like to help, please give your accumulated pop tops, packed in ziplock bags if possible, to any Weiser Lion or call Dorothy Evans at 549-5589 to arrange for them to be collected.  

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