Ronald McDonald House Charities

Each year, hundreds of children travel to Akron Children’s Hospital to be treated for serious illnesses. Since 1985, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron has served as a non-profit organization founded to provide emotional and spiritual support for families with sick or injured children being treated in Akron Children’s Hospital.

Only five percent of the funding to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Northeastern Ohio is generated through the coin donation boxes you see at local McDonald’s Restaurants. The RMHC Chapter is primarily funded through individual donations and one way to donate is by collecting pop tabs. RMHC collects pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because the tabs are easier to store than whole cans, and tabs contain pure high-quality aluminum, unlike cans, consisting of aluminum and other alloys.

After tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.

Firelands’ office facility has served as a regional pop tab collection site for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron since 2009. Employees of the cooperative encourage members of the community to drop-off their pop tabs at the office facility, located at One Energy Place, New London, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Ronald McDonald House is an amazing place offering support for families with sick children, allowing them to live in a homelike setting while their children heal. I’m honored to support such an organization,” says Firelands' General Manager April Bordas.

If you would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, contact us here of call the cooperative office at 1-800-533-8658.