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Manders’ tab top pull: 430K
Sequim Gazette staff
It was another big pull for Sam Manders and, even better, youths at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Sequim youth’s annual collection of aluminum tab top donations to the Ronald McDonald House topped 257 pounds, a total of 436,720 tab tops.
The tab donations support the Portland, Ore.-based house that provides a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children.
On his way to a two-week writing conference at Lewis and Clark College, Manders and mom Kathrin Sumpter made their annual stop at the Ronald McDonald House and met with director Tom Soma to present the tab tops.
“We also got to talk to a few of the parents who were living in the house while their children were in medical distress,” Sumpter said. “We met a mom and brother from Idaho, a grandmother from Alaska and another local family who were coming to the house just to make a donation. They had stayed at the house after their baby needed serious treatment. They come every year around the child’s birthday to make a donation.”
Manders said he plans to continue collecting for Ronald McDonald House through 2014, when he graduates from Sequim High School.
Contributors for Manders’ effort this year include Anna Bourquin, Nancy Cohn, Deanna Cristina, Clark and Jan Culver, Mary Dahl, Roberta Dickinson, Eric and Kathy Fehrmann, Neal and Kathryn Fridley, Carol Gates and Agnew Helpful Neighbors, Sandy and Nancy Goldstein, Marguerite Glover and Peter Black Real Estate, Diane Horton, Callie Kroll, Larry and Pat Ledbetter, Ingrid Lehrer, Della Loska, Gene and Maura Mattson and the Footprinters Association, Sissy Nichols, Anne Olsen, Richmond and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Donna Gallaher and Joy Barrett and the Sequim Prairie Grange, Gail Sumpter and Blue Sky Property Management, Sharon Stevens, Teresa Stone and Debra Trussel.