The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 4, 2013

150 pounds of can tabs ready to cash in

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— COOPER TWP. — Jesse Carl has been collecting tabs from aluminum cans for five years.

With help from family, friends and others, he has filled five 30-pound bags with the tabs.

The Danville Area High School senior plans to get the tabs weighed and turn them in for cash.

He will donate the money to Danville’s Ronald McDonald House — a home-away-from-home for families of Geisinger Medical Center patients.

The 17-year-old from Cooper Township received a bunch of tabs from Russell Beachell, of Sunbury, who had heard about his project during its early years. Carl began collecting in seventh grade.

“I ran a collection for two or three years when I was in middle school with each homeroom having a container and the homeroom collecting the most receiving a prize,” Carl said of the collection done three times a year.

While he said he and his grandparents, Ron and Barb Carl, are shopping for the best price for the tabs, he said he had no idea how many tabs they have.

“Too many to count,” said Carl who lives with his grandparents. They also helped with the effort.

Carl is also finishing the requirements for his Eagle Scout award and hopes to receive the honor in February. He constructed picnic tables and a bulletin board at the Danville Soccer Complex for his project.

He’s also heavily into music and is an organist, pianist and plays trumpet and bass.

He directed a holiday concert at Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville with assistance from Suzanne Walzer and John Brady.

For a recent Community Singers concert, he directed a song he wrote in memory of his grandfather, James Fry, of Bloomsburg, who died five years ago.

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