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Area residents are saving pull-tabs to benefit charity

Gathering at Direct Deposit Redemption Center Jan. 21 to raise awareness about collecting pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House charities, are (front) Aubree Parker, 6; (rear): Cassandra Rausch, Kristin Burch, Ann Lloyd and Brooke Ackley.

Gathering at Direct Deposit Redemption Center Jan. 21 to raise awareness about collecting pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House charities, are (front) Aubree Parker, 6; (rear): Cassandra Rausch, Kristin Burch, Ann Lloyd and Brooke Ackley. Photo by Thom Randall.

Several months ago, one delivery by Lloyd of 120 pounds of pull-tabs earned about $100 for Ronald McDonald House, Lloyd said.

“People started bringing in pull-tabs by the jug, by the bag and box,” she said. “The drive just mushroomed.”

Dean Ackley said that people from not only northern Warren County, but Hamilton County and southern Essex County have been stopping in lately and contributing pull-tabs to the drive.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “We’ve even had people come in with their pull-tabs from Indian Lake.”

Lloyd said the charity accepts pull-tabs from soup cans, tennis ball containers, pet food, and juice cans.

Direct Deposit employee Cassandra Rausch said that the pull-tab drive was a painless way to help others, because it was a matter of collecting something that would otherwise be discarded — rather than requiring people to part with their hard-earned cash.

”It’s easy for people to drop off their pull-tabs,” she said. “They’re coming here to redeem containers anyway.”

Brooke Ackley, also a Direct Deposit employee, agreed.

“Ann Lloyd’s idea is great,” she said. “Anything we can do to help out, we’re willing to do.”

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