Browns Backers donate tabs to Ronald McDonald House

UNION CITY, Ind. — The Union City Browns Backers recently donated all of the beverage tabs they collected over the past couple of years to McDonald’s in Union City to be sent to the Ronald McDonald House (RMHC).

Browns Backers President Scott Stahl and Treasurer Darlene Long delivered the tabs to the restaurant and presented them to owner Bill Reiser and General Manager Christina Brown.

“Thirty gallons of tabs were collected by Charlie Wysong alone,” Stahl told them.

Reiser said he did a quick estimate based on weight and noted that the group collected approximately 102,000 can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

“I believe his group has collected and donated tabs for the past 16 years,” Reiser said. “The tabs are recycled and the money from that effort is used to fund the day-to-day costs of providing a ‘home away from home’ for families whose children are receiving care in hospitals in Indiana and Ohio.”

There are six RMHC Houses and five Family Rooms in Ohio, with nearby sites that include Dayton and Cincinnati, according to Reiser. In Indiana there are four RMHC houses and one Family Room, with nearby sites that include Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

More information is available at www.rmhc.org or by visiting the local chapters website.

“Again – we are very appreciative of the hard work Scott’s group has done over three years to collect over 100,000 can tabs,” Reiser said. “Their effort will be appreciated by the families of sick children who have a place to stay and a home-cooked meal when their children are receiving medical care.”

The Browns Backers of Union City has 150 paid members, covering Jay and Randolph counties in Indiana, Darke County and Kentucky and Georgia.

They meet once a month when the Cleveland Browns are playing, according to Long. Newsletters are sent out eight months out of the year and not during the off-season. The meeting site is Danny’s Place in downtown Greenville.

This year, the Brown Backers raised funds for the Wounded Warriors, The Journey Home in Winchester, Indiana and Head’s Start. They also participate in the pet/food drive when the Bengals and Dawgs are playing. The pet food that is collected that day goes to PAWS in Union City, to the Greenville Animal Shelter at the Humane Society and the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Browns Backers officers in addition to Stahl and Long, are Dave Johnson of Portland, Indiana, vice president; and Dan Pollet of Richmond Indiana, secretary.

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By Linda Moody

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