It all adds up

Labrador City fam­ily col­lect­ing pull tabs for Ron­ald McDon­ald House

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Paulette Lam­bert of Labrador City is teach­ing her grand­chil­dren about the im­por­tance of help­ing oth­ers – one pull tab at a time.

Af­ter a re­cent post to so­cial me­dia about the chil­dren’s project – col­lect­ing pull tabs from bev­er­age cans for Ron­ald McDon­ald House in St. John’s — small and large bags of the tiny pieces of alu­minum be­gan show­ing up at her door.

Her grand­chil­dren have al­ready filled two large wa­ter bot­tles with the tabs, she said, and are work­ing on an­other.

This isn’t the first time the fam­ily has been in­volved with

the Ron­ald McDon­ald House Pull Tab Re­cy­cling Pro­gram.

Two years ago, Lam­bert said, the fam­ily dropped off their first do­na­tion of tabs to Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

Money raised through the re­cy­cling pro­gram helps pro­vide pro­grams and ser­vices for fam­i­lies stay­ing at Ron­ald McDon­ald House while their

sick or in­jured child is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in St. John’s.

“When I posted about this on Facebook two years ago, I posted on a Thurs­day and by Tues­day we had five of those big wa­ter bot­tles filled,” Lam­bert said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view.

Staff at Ron­ald McDon­ald House ap­pre­ci­ated their

ef­forts, she said, and were grate­ful to re­ceive the large do­na­tion of tabs.

Since that time, she said, peo­ple have been ask­ing her if her grand­chil­dren still col­lect the tabs.

Re­cently, she said, when a friend gave her a small bag of tabs, she de­cided it was time to post about the project

again.

“We just want to let peo­ple know that, if they want to col­lect the tabs, we will take them out (to Ron­ald McDon­ald House),” Lam­bert said.

Peo­ple shouldn’t be de­terred if they only have a few tabs to do­nate, Lam­bert said, as they add up quickly.

Lam­bert said, while she is the one who posts about the ini­tia­tive on so­cial me­dia, it’s her grand­chil­dren who take own­er­ship of the project.

Me­gan Tem­ple is 13, her brother Ja­cob is 10. Mor­gan and Evan Richards are 12-year-old twins.

The chil­dren are no strangers to help­ing oth­ers.

Over the past six years, Lam­bert said, Mor­gan has raised over $7,000 for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety through Re­lay for Life.

“They are giv­ing kids. We are try­ing to teach them that it’s bet­ter to give than to re­ceive,” Lam­bert said.

Dur­ing a short phone chat Mor­gan said likes help­ing with the project.

“Peo­ple drop off tabs and we go pick them up. And (Nan) will bring them to Ron­ald McDon­ald House,” she said.

Me­gan and Ja­cob have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to Ron­ald McDon­ald House. Their aunt stayed there for a cou­ple of months, about three years ago, while wait­ing for her twins to be born.

When asked what she knows about Ron­ald McDon­ald House, Me­gan said, “Fam­i­lies stay there when their chil­dren are sick.”

Me­gan said help­ing sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies makes her feel happy.

“Just to help in some way, even if it’s small, is good,” she said.

Any­one with pull tabs to do­nate to the chil­dren can drop them off at 811 Bartlett Drive in Labrador City or can con­tact Lam­bert through her Facebook page (Paulette Lois Lam­bert) and she will pick them up.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ron­ald McDon­ald House visit www.rmhcnl.ca or e-mail info@rmhcnl.ca

Me­gan Tem­ple (left) , 13, and her cousin Mor­gan Richards, 12, fill­ing wa­ter bot­tles with pull tabs at their grand­mother’s house in Labrador City. Miss­ing from photo is Mor­gan’s twin brother Evan and Me­gan’s 10-year-old brother Ja­cob. All four chil­dren are in­volved in the pull tab re­cy­cling pro­gram in aid of Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

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