A Tradition Grows at OLLI

he collection of the pop tabs to benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) has been so successful at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at KSU Center, that the project has been expanded to the main campus at Kennesaw State University.

Collection bottles have been placed at the Student Center, Kennesaw Hall, residence halls and convocation center where athletic events are held.

This expansion was made possible through the support of Dr. Daniel “Dan” Papp, President of Kennesaw State University, who felt that it fit in well with his “Going Green” campaign for the University with the additional benefit of being a wonderful cause to support.
ARMHC collects aluminum pop tabs and recycles them to generate income necessary to provide comfortable housing and emotional support to families of critically ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals.

The late Mary Helen Sewell served as the inspiration to begin collecting tabs at KSU Center. Born in 1919, Mrs. Sewell was a native Atlantan who lived a life of service to her community. She and her husband, Bill, lived a life of giving back to their community through donations, scholarships and volunteering.

For several years now, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) have been collecting tabs. OLLI is a part of the College of Continuing and Profes-sional Education at KSU housed at KSU Center and offers educational and social activities for those 50 and older. They bring the tabs to the socials and the amount contributed has increased with each event.

Mrs. Sewell’s daughter, Debbie Vaughan of Marietta and OLLI Director Dick Harp have worked tirelessly to get more locations to collect the pop tabs with a special emphasis this year on bringing the effort to the main campus of KSU.

The hope is that we can continue Mrs. Sewell’s legacy by helping families who must come to Atlanta area hospitals so their children can receive treatment for cancer and other serious illnesses and injuries. Sometimes treatments last for days, weeks, months and years, creating a hardship for these children and their parents. It’s amazing that something as small as a pop tab can make such a huge difference in the life of a child.

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