ALBERTA ELKS FOUNDATION
TABS FOR TOTS
In 2000 the Elks and Royal Purple of Alberta were looking for something to stimulate the Lodges and become more involved in the communities. The idea of the collection of pull-tabs from aluminum cans was submitted and the Tabs for Tots program was born. The program consists of the collection of the pull-tabs from beverage cans and other sources. The are sold to the scrap metal industry and turned into cash. This cash is then used to assist local hospitals and health units to purchase specialized pieces of equipment they cannot acquire otherwise. The equipment purchased is used in hospital delivery rooms, pediatric wards and pediatric ICU units.
Along with the Tabs, the Alberta Elks Foundation also accepts donations for the program, which is used to purchase this equipment. Since its inception in 2000, the Tabs for Tots program have collected over $40,000.00 in sales of tabs and donations, placing over $38,000.00 worth of equipment into various communities.
Some of the items are: Bear Hugger Unit for treatment of shock trauma, electric baby scales, paediatric resuscitation unit, specialized paediatric wheel chair, paediatric crash carts. These are only a few of the items purchased to date; meanwhile our Tabs for Tots program continues to collect tabs and turn them into cash and then into equipment.
You can help!! A few seconds of your time while doing your recycling
can make a big difference. Just place a container near your recycle area and remove aluminum tabs from beverage containers (don't forget the ones from soup and other canned food items). Once you have a container full, contact the elks - a quick e-mail will do the trick, and we will come and pick them up at your convenience if you can't make it down to the Lodge. Every little bit helps - and you can help your community even if you can't join the Lodge!