Time and time again, our Associates prove that great things can happen when you combine a thoughtful idea with a little team effort. Once such example came from Supply Chain Planner Candace Stanley, when she recruited the marketing department to collect soda tabs for a cause.
In February 2014, Candace’s two-year-old second cousin was preparing for surgery—one of many she had to endure since being born with intestinal complications. Each surgery required the family to travel, which meant an extended stay at the Ronald McDonald House. A temporary lodging facility for the families of children receiving medical treatments, the Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home where families can prepare meals, do laundry, and connect with others going through a similar situation.
After seeing the great care the family received from the facility, Candace was inspired to give back. She learned that the Ronald McDonald House collects soda tabs through the Pop-Tab Collection Program, and can make as much as $15,000 each year just by recycling tabs—money that pays for services families like hers depend on. She resolved to contribute to that effort and motivate her co-workers to do the same.
So Candace quickly put her plan in motion and placed a bag next to the recycling bin in the marketing department for people to donate soda tabs. The entire department started to contribute, some even starting their own collections at home and enlisting local restaurants to join the effort. It wasn’t long before she had a hefty donation for the Ronald McDonald House, and she’s still going strong. To date, Candace has organized the collection of roughly 20,000 tabs. With just a simple suggestion, she’s quite literally turning trash into treasure for sick children and their families.