Maria Salerno

Maria Salerno began collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan in May 2007 after seeing her uncle do the same for a Ronald McDonald House in Ohio. Originally, her goal was to fill one large pretzel container. She quickly accomplished this with the help of her neighbors, classmates, family, and friends. After reaching this goal, she was motivated to collect more. When she learned that our House would celebrate its twentieth anniversary in March of 2010, she set a goal to collect 20 containers of tabs.


Maria reached out to the community to support her efforts. Soon, collection containers were located at Forest Hills Foods, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Forest Hills Public Schools Administration Building, and the teachers’ lounges at Meadow Brook Elementary and Northern Trails 5/6 School. Her brother’s class at Meadow Brook Elementary, as well as her uncle’s class in Ohio, also offered assistance.


Thanks to the generosity of many, Maria was able to donate 20 containers of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan on our 20th anniversary. She and her family continue to collect pop tabs for our House, dropping off large containers every few months.


This year, the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan expects to raise close to $10,000 from pop tab donations by recycling them with Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Co. in Grand Rapids. We not only raise funds through pop tab donations, but community awareness of the House is increased when individuals and area organizations collect.


If you are interested in participating, collection boxes may be picked up in the House office seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about pop tab donations, click here.