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Tabs collected for kids’ cause

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County employees are making way in their goal to collect one million — pop tabs, that is.

This will be the second year the county had gathered a million tabs.

In 2000, employees collected a million aluminum tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.

Recently, the Whitley County Engineer’s office, who spearheads the collection with the support of the County Commissioners, received a generous donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.

Darlene Hagen, a church member, said that members and guests have been collecting aluminum tabs for several years.

The people at the church wanted to donate the tabs, but couldn’t move them. County engineer office employees used their vehicle and personal time to pick up the tabs.

“Ronald McDonald house of Indiana says it takes about 1,000 pounds to make a million tabs. With the Living Waters donation, we are at about 64 percent, but we need your help to meet our goal” says Dan Weigold, county GIS director.

When property owners think about paying their taxes, the county is encouraging them to consider dropping off aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

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