No one expects to spend the first months of their newborn child’s life at the Ronald McDonald House — but Wessington Springs resident Reina Ford is grateful she had a home away from home while her newborn daughter Kambrie underwent surgery for tracheoesophageal fistula (an abnormal passageway between the trachea and esophagus) and treatment for congenial hypothyriodism in 2012.
“The support I received from the Ronald McDonald House during that scary time was amazing,” Ford said, explaining that she has shared the story of having an encouraging, safe place to stay with Kambrie many times. “She wanted to give back so other families can have a place to stay while their kids receive medical care. The pop tab program is a great way to do that.”
The Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab Program is a way for families, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to support the House. A pop tab is the flip top on aluminum cans. They can be collected from soda cans, sparkling water cans and various other beverage cans.
Kambrie’s pop tab collection container is located at Sweet Grass and she asks the community to join in on her endeavor.
After Kambrie and Reina drop off their collection of pop tabs, Ronald McDonald House volunteers will take the pop tabs to the recycling center where they are weighed and a check is written to the House based on a per pound price.