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  • Twins organize pop tab collection drive for Ronald McDonald House

  • Last summer, Charlie Dendish was lighting a firework in celebration of the Fourth of July. However, that firework blew up in his hands, causing first and second degree burns to his hands and face as well as scarring his corneas.

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  • Last summer, Charlie Dendish was lighting a firework in celebration of the Fourth of July. However, that firework blew up in his hands, causing first and second degree burns to his hands and face as well as scarring his corneas.
    The incident left the Blue Springs elementary student at Children’s Mercy Hospital for five days recovering from his injuries. During that time, his parents would walk over to the Ronald McDonald House for something to eat. The Ronald McDonald House offers rooms and supplies for families of pediatric patients. These homes are owned and operated by local Ronald McDonald House Charities and rely on donations to stay operational.
    Now a fifth grader at Franklin Smith Elementary, Charlie, along with his twin brother Ricky, have decided to give something back to a program that helped their parents out during a difficult time.
    1 What is the project you have started to benefit Ronald McDonald House?
    “We thought it would be good to do something to help the Ronald McDonald House,” Charlie said. “That is why we started collecting pop tabs and unwanted keys. We gave each classroom a little house to collect the tabs and keys, and the class that collects the most by the end of the school year gets a pizza party.”
    2 Why was this something you wanted to organize?
    “We really wanted to make a difference by helping people around the world,” Charlie said.
    3 How does it make you feel knowing you are making a difference?
    “It makes us feel great,” Ricky said. “We are helping families who are going through a devastating time. It feels so good to know that we are making a difference.”
    4 Do you want to do more community service projects like this in the future?
    “Yes. Definitely,” Charlie said. “If there is not a school doing something like this, there should be a school doing this. All you are doing is helping people.”
     
     
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