This morning, Sam and I dropped off our church’s latest aluminum pop-tab donation to the Ronald McDonald House which totaled 18 pounds. That’s one of our best collections over the years since we‘ve been participating. I think 22 pounds was our best, but all these contributions are appreciated and sold along with other vast collections from many sources to help keep their facility running. When we started this small mission at our church, this particular Ronald McDonald House could accommodate only 8-10 families whose children need specialty care at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital but now, with several expansions, they can accommodate up to 24 families at one time. And it is free to those families who need to be near their sick children while under medical care. Some families have stayed there for weeks and even months with some being able to offer a donation upon leaving, while others are unable to do so. This charity is a gift to so many. Even their meals and snacks are prepared and donated by a variety of local groups—many of which are churches throughout the area. Even clothes are donated when there is a need. So for many whose children need and receive extensive medical care, and their families can be there with them, I feel it is a blessing that our church is a small but vital link in this extensive ministry. And it certainly is a blessing for not only the many families with sick children, but all those who lend a hand in so many ways to make it all happen. I, too, feel blessed to have a tiny part in this worthwhile mission.
And as always, I would like to recognize Mark Humphrey who collects the bulk of these aluminum tabs through his senior outreach, so a big thank you, Mark! 🤗 And a big thank you to all our small contributors as well. The tabs are tiny, but with everyone saving them, it all adds up to make a very big difference for so many. And eighteen pounds of aluminum tabs is significant because the woman that greeted us at the door with a smile looked down at the box and said, “Wow!” 😊
And not to be disappointed, a smiling Ronald was waiting for us in the garden. 😊