Aluminum Pop Tabs

Your aluminum can tabs go a long way with Ronald McDonald House Charities  in Omaha. Those tabs, when recycled, help defray our operational costs.

The seemingly insignificant tab you use to open your soft drink is important to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Last year, we recycled an estimated 35 million pop tabs. These tabs came from school children, businesses, community organizations and people just like you.

You can help! Saving pop tabs is easy. Simply remove the tab off your can, save them in a wide-mouth container and when you have a large amount, drop them off at our House. (No milk jugs please) It is that simple. And know you are helping a great cause.

Where do I take my tabs??  You can bring your tabs directly to the Ronald McDonald House at 620 S. 38th Ave.  We will be happy to take these off your hands.  Please make sure you mark your tab container with the name of your group if you are part of the Thanks A Million club.

Why pop tabs and not the entire can? Because pop tabs are smaller and easier to store. The tabs are also paint free and pure aluminum, which increases their value and profit when recycled. So pull your tabs for the Ronald McDonald House , but be sure to recycle the cans.

Here are some fun facts about tabs:

  • One pound of tabs is about 1,500 tabs
  • Each tab measures about 1 inch, so there are 12 tabs – when placed end to end — in a foot and 40 in a meter.
  • To reach a mile, when placing tabs end to end, would take 63,360 tabs.
  • 1 million tabs end to end would stretch 16.75 miles.

Here are some ideas for ways educators can incorporate can tabs into their curriculum:

  • Teach children about recycling and the importance of protecting our environment
  • Use the tab program in conjunction with your math program. For example, how many tabs would it take to equal 2 miles, or 8 pounds?
  • Help teach kids how to count in tens, hundreds, even thousands
  • Use the can tab program as an example of community involvement and community service
  • Children can design and decorate their individual containers to take home

In 2000, Ronald McDonald House Charities ® in Omaha started the “Thanks a Million” Club as a way to encourage organizations, businesses and schools to collect tabs for RMHC Omaha. Those who reach the 1 million mark are welcomed as members of the club, received a certificate and have their name included on a plaque that resides at the Ronald McDonald House. ® Many organizations decide to continue collecting tabs and try for 2 million and beyond. When they reach milestones, they receive another certificate.

To join, contact us or call Amy at (402) 346-9377. Participants can check their progress by…The most recent donation and grand total are listed for all participants in the “Thanks a Million Club.”

Those that have reached the 1 million mark are:

  • Abigail Hope Rotert, Omaha, NE
  • Adams Elementary & Carroll Middle School, Carroll, IA
  • Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School
  • American Business Women's Association
  • American Legion, Youth and Children Program
  • Andersen Middle School, Omaha, NE
  • Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools
  • Bailey Breaux
  • Bellevue Central Elementary
  • Benson West Elementary
  • Betz Elementary, Bellevue, NE
  • Boone Central Schools, Albion, Nebraska
  • Brtek Family
  • Cass County 4-H
  • Clarinda Middle School, Clarinda, IA
  • Cozad Elementary School, Cozad, NE
  • Crete Upper Elementary School
  • Eli Campbell
  • Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Nebraska Chapter
  • G. Stanley Hall Elementary School, LaVista, NE
  • Golden Kiwanis Club Northwest, Omaha, NE
  • Good Sam Camping Club of Nebraska 
  • Hickory Hill Elementary, Papillion, NE
  • Holy Cross School, Omaha, NE
  • In Memory of Kaleb Richard Job
  • In Memory of Stacey Vodicka
  • International Order of Job's Daughters
  • Irving Red Cross Club, Irving Middle School
  • Karen Western Elementary
  • Kearny Golden K Kiwanis
  • Lakeview High School, Columbus, NE
  • Logan Magnolia School, Logan, IA
  • Longfellow Elementary School, Council Bluff, IA
  • Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Council Bluffs Zone
  • Mari Sandoz Elementary, Omaha, NE
  • Mary Dupuis and Students at Morley Elementary in Lincoln
  • Mary Our Queen Kindergarten Classes, Omaha, NE
  • Monroe Middle School  Omaha, NE
  • Montgomery County 4-H
  • Morton Magnet Middle School, Omaha, NE
  • Nebraska Association of Student Councils
  • Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools
  • North Platte Catholic Schools
  • Parkview Heights Elementary  LaVista, NE
  • Peter Kiewit Middle School
  • Ponca Elementary School, Omaha, NE
  • REAC #154 South Omaha Eagles
  • Region V, Wahoo, NE
  • Residents of Immanuel Courtyard and Friends
  • Residents of North Platte and Surrounding Communities
  • Residents of Plainview, NE
  • Rumsey Station Elementary School, Papillion, NE
  • Scott Middle School, Lincoln, NE
  • St. Gerald Catholic School, Omaha, NE
  • St. Leo Catholic Church Parishioners
  • St. Mary's Parish School and Religious Education, Bellevue, NE
  • St. Thomas Moore Elementary, Omaha, NE
  • Southern Valley Elementary Schools in Memory of Jacob Gustafson
  • Students and Staff at Sunrise Middle School, Kearney, NE
  • Underwood Elementary School, Underwood, IA
  • United Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE
  • UNL Extension & 4-H in Richardson County
  • VFW 3606 Lincoln, NE
  • Wal-Mart Associates and Customers and the Community of Beatrice
  • Willa Cather Elementary
  • Yutan Elementary, Yutan, NE

Those that have hit 2 million are:

  • Catlin Arts Magnet Elementary School, Omaha, NE
  • Electric Fixture & Supply and Friends
  • Fairview Elementary School, Bellevue, NE
  • Jeffery Elementary School, Osceola, NE
  • LaVista West Elementary, LaVista, NE
  • Logan Fontenelle Middle School, Bellevue, NE
  • Nebraska Job’s Daughters
  • Peter Kiewit Middle School
  • Rockwell Elementary
  • Rumsey Station Elementary School
  • St. Pius X/St. Leo School, Omaha, NE
  • Wespoint Elementary School

Three million:

  • Edison Elementary School, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Nebraska 4-H Youth Council
  • Norris Elementary School, Firth, NE
  • Shenandoah Middle School, Shenandoah, IA

Four million:

  • Gibbon Elementary
  • Gage County 4-H

Five million:

Six Million:

  • Jacob Limley

Seven Million:

  • Ameritas Life, Gary Owen, Dan Dalton, & Nebraska State Penitentiary
  • American Legion Auxiliary, Shelby, IA
  • Blair Arbor Park Middle School

Ten Million:

  • GFWC Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs

Twelve Million:

  • American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Nebraska

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