Lamar St. McDonaldsFor almost a year, we’ve been sharing the ongoing story of peer Kaylon Holt’s efforts to collect soft drink pop tops for charity. His odyssey began when he began collecting pop tops on behalf of a friend whose father had cancer.

Kaylon’s original donation was 660 pop tops. After his friend’s father died, he wanted to continue his efforts on behalf of other individuals. With the help of Perry Wellness Center’s Director of Public Relations, Mulkey McMichael, he discovered the national recycling program for Ronald McDonald House Charities and made his first donation to the Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia, located in Columbus. The facility was established as a “home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children.”

It is no exaggeration to say that the project has mushroomed. Collection jars have been placed at 13 sites in three counties, and other organizations, including Georgia Southwestern University Nursing Department and Southland Academy have taken a partnership role in seeking out donations. Now a new partnership has been forged with a local business, and it seems only fitting that it is the McDonald’s restaurant on Lamar Street in Americus.

The restaurant has placed donation boxes out for its customers. Says General Manager Tina Pritchard, “Customers can donate their change at the drive-thru window or at the service counter, or they can place their pop tabs in the collection container provided. We will arrange for pick-up by Perry Wellness Center and delivery to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus. We are excited to be a part of this mission.”

Looks for our next update shortly. We’ll give you an updated count on Kaylon’s collections as well as additional information on Ronald McDonald House Charities and how you can contribute.

In the photo above, Kaylon Holt and McDonald’s manager Tina Pritchard show off the collection box in the condiment corner of the McDonald’s Lamar Street location.

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