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Local Junior Women’s League tours Ronald McDonald House in Akron

November 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Members of the GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs) Ohio Austintown Jr. Women's League recently toured the Ronald McDonald House in Akron.

The group reported the beautifully decorated house has 42 rooms and is run by volunteers that cook meals and organize special events for children going through chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical treatments. Donations for their food pantry are always welcomed as well as pop tabs, that are recycled with the proceeds going to the costs of running the house.

"We collected approximately 45 pounds of pop tabs," said AJWl member Ruty Rodriguez-Patterson. "It took us about a year."

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Pictured are AJWL members with some of their donation of pop tabs to add to the collection for the Ronald McDonald House in Akron: Ruty Rodriguez-Patterson, Evie Moore, Nancy Jones, Judy Rodkey, Peggy Bennett, and Janice Simmerman.

She said the Ronald McDonald House waits until they have a good amount of tabs before heading to the recycling center to redeem them. The proceeds from the recycling go towards operating costs of the facility.

The AJWL members found out the Ronald McDonald House charges only $20 per night if a parent can afford it. That includes laundry facilities and family kitchens. The facility also has a children's library and playground as well as several living rooms. The facility enables families to be together when a child is undergoing treatments.

"Typically the kids are having their treatments during the day and return back by 5:30 p.m. with their families for a buffet dinner prepared by volunteers," Rodriguez-Patterson said.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs encourages the AJWL to support this cause. The AJWL gladly accepted the task and will continue to collect and accept tab donations for the facility in coming years.

"We also support local charities such as Beatitude House, the Rescue Mission, the 2nd Harvest Food Bank as well as international organizations such as the USO, Operation Smile, Heifer International to name a few," she said.

AJWL member Judy Rodkey arranged the recent trip for the members.



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