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MSC Students Collect Pull Tabs to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

10/25/2016

The MSC student community is collecting aluminum tabs to benefit families of children who are facing or recovering from illnesses.  When student organizations met to determine where contributions might do the most good, they choose the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as this year’s beneficiary of campus- wide fundraising outreach.

The first Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in October of 1974, and the organization’s mission is to provide children with support, stability, and the best medicine of all – their families. Each year, they impact the lives of over seven million children in communities around the world.

Not all student leaders at MSC know fellow student Taylor Gamble, but when they heard about her stay at the RHC in Dallas, they knew RMHC was the best recipient for money raised through collecting pull tabs.  Gamble was in high school when an emergency illness led to an up-close and personal relationship with the RMH connected to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

While Gamble battled a case of pancreatitis that was serious enough to be life threatening, the RMH became home-away-from-home to her parents who reside in Madill, Okla.  The Gambles, who stayed at the Dallas RMH for three months during their daughter’s illness and recovery, even spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with new friends and staff from the facility.

“It’s hard to put into words how much the Ronald McDonald House helped us,” Gamble said.

“What was a very difficult illness and recovery was made so much better by having a support system through the Ronald McDonald House.  I could do my homework there and practice learning to walk again.  Support we received made all the difference, and I’d like to encourage everyone to collect and contribute pull tabs so RMHC can do for others what they did for me and my family,” Gamble said.

Community members are invited to contribute aluminum tabs in Ardmore at the MSC faculty suite or faculty/staff lounge.  In Tishomingo, tabs can be donated in the library and or outreach office in SS216.

For more information, contact Caroline Nenninger in Tishomingo at cnenninger@mscok.edu/580-387-7138 or Sharon Burris in Ardmore at sburris@mscok.edu/580-220-2878.

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