Sequim youth’s pop tops take tops 250 pounds

Sam Manders displays his take of pop tops — nearly 440,000 of them — for the Ronald McDonald House. Photo courtesy of Kathrin Sumpter

Sam Manders is getting pretty good at this.

The Sequim youth collected exactly 439,416 pop tab tops for the Ronald McDonald House Tab Top Program — about 258.5 pounds worth.

At the Ronald McDonald House, workers assist families with housing while their children are being treated for illness at one of three hospitals in Portland, Ore.

The house has televisions, computers, board games and books for youths, plus laundry facilities and a huge kitchen with volunteers helping each week to prepare dinners for weary families.

Manders, 14, started collecting the tab tops in 2005. His first collection brought in 1,581 pop tops. By 2008, his collection totaled 50 pounds worth of tab tops.

This year, he beat his own personal best of about 361,000 pop tops (45 pounds).

Since the Seattle McDonald’s doesn’t have a tab top program, Manders and mom Kathrin Sumpter travel to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland that’s adjacent to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health & Sciences University and the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The two were at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday, June 7, to deliver the tabs in person.
Sumpter said a number of local residents and organizations helped with Manders’ efforts in 2010: JoAnne Alford, Mrs. Bergsland and St. Luke’s Church, Blue Sky Real Estate, Jo Candler, Deanna Cristina, Clark Culver, Mary Dominguez, Frick Drugs, Eric Fehrmann, Neva Fowles, Mrs. Fridley, Dona Gallaher and the Sequim Prairie Grange.

Also, Carol Gates and the Agnew Helpful Neighbors, Marguerite Glover and Peter Black Real Estate, Nancy Goldstein, Greywolf Elementary School, Judy Harniss, Christlyn Hill, Mrs. Hitt, Mrs. Kaldahl and the Daughters of Norway, Susan Kohler, Nancy Kohn, Gary Laxson, Ingrid Lehrer, Pat Lewis, Judy Lundgren, Berta Murillo, Monte Mogi, Candy Olmer, Anne Olsen, Gwen Porterfield, Jay Richmond and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Diana Schrader, Sequim Martial Arts, Mrs. Steinel, Gail Sumpter, Mrs. Sundquist and Debra Trussel.

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