Making a difference one tab at a time


By Chris Cooper - [email protected]



Jana Hanks (left) and Cindy Suiter of Bluegrass Recycling (center) is turning over 676 pounds of soda pull tabs to support the Rizpah Transportation Fund.


Those little aluminum “pull tabs” from sode cans that are saved all year long and dropped off at Hanks Construction Company in Auburn have added up for a total of 676 pounds for this years collection.

“It takes 1,800 tabs to equal a pound, so needless to say by the end of each year ‘visions of can tabs’ seem to be dancing in our heads,” says Jana Hanks.

C.K. and Jana Hanks launched the can tab for Shriners campaign many years ago and more people have been generous to help save the pull tabs. The pull tabs are collected all year and an annual donation to Shriners has been made early December for a number of years.

“Pat and Cindy Suiter of Bluegrass Recycling in Russellville jumped on board six years ago and generously committed to supporting this program with no hesitation, and making an annual donation to Shriners also,” said Jana.

Just in time for Christmas the annual donation has been presented to Rizpah Shriners in the amount of $2,050. The money goes to support the Rizpah Transportation Fund. It allows patients and their families to be transported to the Shriners Hospitals for Children free of charge. Rizpah has six vans that are operated in Western Kentucky. Rizpah sends kids to four Shrine hospitals, St. Louis, Lexington, Cincinnati and Chicago.

“On behalf of Hanks Construction and Bluegrass Recycling, we want to thank everyone who have supported this worthy cause and helped support Shriners Hospital for Children. Helping others is what Christmas is all about and Shriners holds a special place in our hearts,” said Jana.

Tabs are saved by individuals and groups and are brought to Jana in jars, bags, boxes, crates and barrels.

“They come from everywhere,” says Jana. “There is rarely a day goes by that someone isn’t dropping off pull tabs. They go into 55 gallon drums and are saved each year until the donation is then made to Shriners in mid December in hopes of bringing smiles to Shrine Kids faces for Christmas. Collecting pull tabs is easy to do and goes for such a great cause. There has literally been thousands of dollars donated to Shriners from the on-going can tab campaign, along with generous monetary donations made by some businesses in Logan County.”

The Shriners Hospitals for Children operates 18 hospitals throughout the U.S., Montreal, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico, for children with orthopaedic problems, three of which also treat spinal cord injuries, three Burns Hospitals, and one hospital in Sacramento, Calif. that treats orthopaedic problems, spinal cord and burn injuries. Shriners Hospitals are open to children up to their 18th birthday. All medical treatment at Shriners Hospitals is without cost to the patient and their families.

For more information about the annual pull tab program, contact Jana Hanks at 270-847-2080.

Jana Hanks (left) and Cindy Suiter of Bluegrass Recycling (center) is turning over 676 pounds of soda pull tabs to support the Rizpah Transportation Fund.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_15492497_10211580561290110_792891720978655126_n.jpgJana Hanks (left) and Cindy Suiter of Bluegrass Recycling (center) is turning over 676 pounds of soda pull tabs to support the Rizpah Transportation Fund.

By Chris Cooper

[email protected]

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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