In the late 1980's the McDonald's began taking tabs to be recycled and used the money from them to help pay the cost of providing Ronald McDonald houses. The "houses", probably more like motels than houses, are located near hospitals and families who have sick kids in the hospital can stay in them. The tabs don't bring much, maybe 75 cents a pound, but since I was already digging them I thought it would be better to turn them in than throw them in the garbage. The people who stay in the houses only have to pay $10 or so per day, the tabs and other programs pay the rest of the cost. It's not much, but for someone who has a child with leukemia, cancer or some other catastrophic disease it helps.
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