Dozens of people filed inside City Space in Charlottesville Saturday for the soda tab art show and silent auction.
Soda can tabs are helping families whose children are hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The Ronald McDonald House put together a display of artwork created with the aluminum medium.
Many people don't realize the worth of an empty soda can, but Saturday night's event showed just how valuable those little soda tabs can be.
"They help us provide just the essentials for feeding families for the week, the milk the cheese the eggs, they help us buy the laundry detergent, they help us do all those things that it takes for us to support 18 families a night," said Rita Ralston, the executive director of Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House.
Dozens of people filed inside City Space in Charlottesville Saturday for the soda tab art show and silent auction. The money raised goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House to provide temporary housing for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving care at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
It takes about a pound of soda tabs to earn 40 cents, so every tab counts. Ralston says it's truly a community-wide effort.
"They are mailed in to us, they are delivered to us, it is really sort of humorous to see the lengths folks will go to get their pop tabs to us, but we appreciate each and every one of them," she said.
All those soda tabs are paying off. In 2012 the Ronald McDonald House hosted more than 800 families.
The Ronald McDonald House raised over $3,200 at Saturday's the event.