Honoring a Strong Baby Girl by Helping Others through A Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drive

Brandon Craft of Lee’s Summit challenges Bates County Community to donate pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

In February of 2017 a beautiful little girl was brought into this world, Remington (Remi) Craft. Remi is the daughter of Brandon and Kaleigh Craft. Sadly, Remi was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or HLHS for short. HLHS is a less common condition for babies than others, and it is the result of the left side of the heart being underdeveloped.

Remi fought strong and hard, but she passed away on March 25th of 2017. Losing Remi was a blow to the Craft family and the Bates County community, who had grown to care for the child and family through fundraisers and prayers.

It was this strong little girl that spread a passion for helping others in their situation through the Craft family. After the family spent days in the hospital and fought alongside Remi, Brandon wanted to help others in their situation. He understood the emotional, physical, and financial struggle of having a sick child.

It is this passion that has pushed Brandon & Kaleigh Craft to help the Ronald McDonald House through a Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drive in Bates County.

The Ronald McDonald House’s mission is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on hospitalized children and their families by creating a caring and uplifting environment, providing comfortable lodging that is convenient to a healthy facility, and undertaking resource and fund development activities that support their facilities, programs, and services. In addition, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City alleviates the worry and expense of finding a close, comfortable and affordable place for a family to stay while their child is fighting an illness or recovering from an injury.

A Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drive is where a community places collection boxes around town to collect donated pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The donated pop tabs are then sold to Advantage Metals at market rate, and Advantage Metals makes an additional charitable contribution to the Ronald McDonald House. The pop tabs are pure profit because of the generous services that Advantage Metals provides. In 2016, Ronald McDonald House was able to bring in $20,000 thanks to Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drives.

Brandon Craft is the coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drive in Bates County. The drop off location for the pop tabs is KMOE Radio, located at 800 E. Nursery Street in Butler, between the hours of 8AM and 5PM.

The Ronald McDonald House Pop-Tab Drive in Bates County will last from July 1st to August 31st. Come together with the rest of the community to help donate pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City so that the organization can continue to help hospitalized children and their families.

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