Kaylon Holt: Popping a Top to Help Others
We’re always happy and proud to see peers demonstrate their own recovery by reaching out to others in need. We’ve shared with you before the efforts of Kaylon Holt as he finds creative ways to help others. For example, a year and a half ago, he learned that a friend’s father had cancer and began collecting and redeeming aluminum can pop tops to help the family.
A few days ago, Kaylon announced his latest project to staff mentor Mulkey McMichael. “I found a place to help somebody!” he said excitedly. “I read the top story in the Journal about help for a girl in Cusseta. I want to do the same thing.”
Mulkey quickly learned Kaylon was referring to an opportunity to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary housing to parents of hospitalized children. He had also learned that the organization provided a link for cashing in Kaylon’s large, remaining supply of pop tops. He contacted the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus and obtained the procedure for redeeming the pop tops. Now Kaylon and Mulkey plan to travel to Columbus. While there, Kaylon will have a photo taken to document his contribution to the organization.
“This is really a dream come true,” Mulkey explained. “Kaylon is a special young man. The story in the Journal really renewed his spirit of helping others. He is excited that a donation to the Ronald McDonald House will help other families who need lodging as they await cancer treatment in Columbus.”
Kaylon welcomes the assistance of others as he continues his campaign. If area readers will take the time to “pop the top” from their aluminum cans, collection can be arranged, including pick-up. Two drop-off points are also available: The Dime Store in downtown Buena Vista and our own Happy Patch Market in Americus. Or individuals can contact Mulkey McMichael to arrange pick-up by emailing him at or calling 229-649-4714.
In the photo above, Kaylon Holt, left, is assisted by staff member Chris Wheeler as he separates pop tops from aluminum cans.