Kaylon at SouthlandRecently, we told you about the exciting accomplishment of peer Kaylon Holt, who hit his goal of collecting over 1,000,000 pop tops for donation to the Columbus, Georgia Ronald McDonald House. As we’ve previously reported, the donated soda tabs can be redeemed for dollars that go toward supporting the activities of the outstanding program for families of seriously ill children.

In the aftermath of his achievement, Kaylon has been making the rounds to offer his personal thanks to individuals, organizations, and businesses who helped him reach his goal. Since the collection process began over two years ago, the number of project supporters has steadily risen, and collection sites have grown to three counties: Sumter, Schley, and Marion.

"I do appreciate the support for Ronald McDonald House in Columbus and the support of Perry Wellness Center for me,” Kaylon says. “This morning, I received another donation of over 4,000 tops. When asked about my new goals, I say that I will keep collecting these helpful tops as long as people wish to support Ronald McDonald House."

Kaylon is currently making plans to visit collection sites in Schley County, his home county. He has also made plans to visit the most active sites in Buena Vista and the surrounding Marion County. He is also visiting the most productive collection sites in Americus, along with his mentor, Mulkey McMichael.

Recently, Kaylon stopped by Southland Academy to meet with Headmaster Ty Kinslow (pictured at left, above), as the Americus school provided many donations to the collection project. Kaylon offered his personal thanks to Mr. Kinslow, while the headmaster offered his own admiration for Kaylon’s desire to help others.

Mulkey notes, “From a personal point of view, Kaylon’s excitement with this project and his awareness of helping people have given his a feeling of support in his personal recovery at Perry Wellness Center. This has been and will continue to be a good project.”

Here’s to the next million, Kaylon!

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