Paulette Lambert of Labrador City is teaching her grandchildren about the importance of helping others – one pull tab at a time.
After a recent post to social media about the children’s project – collecting pull tabs from beverage cans for Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s — small and large bags of the tiny pieces of aluminum began showing up at her door.
Her grandchildren have already filled two large water bottles with the tabs, she said, and are working on another.
This isn’t the first time the family has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House Pull Tab Recycling Program.
Two years ago, Lambert said, the family dropped off their first donation of tabs to Ronald McDonald House.
Money raised through the recycling program helps provide programs and services for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their sick or injured child is receiving treatment in St. John’s.
“When I posted about this on Facebook two years ago, I posted on a Thursday and by Tuesday we had five of those big water bottles filled,” Lambert said during a recent phone interview.
Staff at Ronald McDonald House appreciated their efforts, she said, and were grateful to receive the large donation of tabs.
Since that time, she said, people have been asking her if her grandchildren still collect the tabs.
Recently, she said, when a friend gave her a small bag of tabs, she decided it was time to post about the project again.
“We just want to let people know that, if they want to collect the tabs, we will take them out (to Ronald McDonald House),” Lambert said.
People shouldn’t be deterred if they only have a few tabs to donate, Lambert said, as they add up quickly.
Lambert said, while she is the one who posts about the initiative on social media, it’s her grandchildren who take ownership of the project.
Megan Temple is 13, her brother Jacob is 10. Morgan and Evan Richards are 12-year-old twins.
The children are no strangers to helping others.
Over the past six years, Lambert said, Morgan has raised over $7,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society through Relay for Life.
“They are giving kids. We are trying to teach them that it’s better to give than to receive,” Lambert said.
During a short phone chat Morgan said likes helping with the project.
“People drop off tabs and we go pick them up. And (Nan) will bring them to Ronald McDonald House,” she said.
Megan and Jacob have a personal connection to Ronald McDonald House. Their aunt stayed there for a couple of months, about three years ago, while waiting for her twins to be born.
When asked what she knows about Ronald McDonald House, Megan said, “Families stay there when their children are sick.”
Megan said helping sick children and their families makes her feel happy.
“Just to help in some way, even if it’s small, is good,” she said.
Anyone with pull tabs to donate to the children can drop them off at 811 Bartlett Drive in Labrador City or can contact Lambert through her Facebook page (Paulette Lois Lambert) and she will pick them up.
For more information on Ronald McDonald House visit www.rmhcnl.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org