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Students encouraged to join pop-tab challenge

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC-CNAZ), which operates three homes-away-from-home for families who travel to the Valley for their children’s medical care, is reaching out to students to participate in the annual Pop Tab Challenge. Proceeds help financially struggling parents stay at one of the Houses at no cost.

Last year, 9,845 pounds of pop tabs with a value of $3,665 were collected by students and other organizations. The Pop Tab Challenge began on Aug. 20 and runs through May 1. Schools can sign up by visiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities website at www.rmhccnaz.org or by calling Development Coordinator Laura Hallstrom at 602-798-5096.

“Our cost for housing a family for one night is $76, but we never turn a family away that can’t afford to pay the $15 nightly fee we ask,” said RMHC-CNAZ Chief Executive Officer Nancy Roach. “Last year, approximately 13 percent of families were able to contribute. The funds we collect by recycling pop tabs really make a difference.”

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