Troops overseas send weighty gift back home

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 5:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Combat Vet Riders Association dedicates a lot of time giving to veterans and their families when they return home. This time it was the other way around.
 
An auxiliary member of the Combat Vet Riders (CVR), Lisa Basinger, went to Afghanistan last year to work as a preventative medicine nurse. She noticed the dining facilities served pop, so she told the supervisor about the collection the CVR was working on back home and asked if she could start one there, too.
 
One year ago, she put out Styrofoam cups with the CVR logo and a description of the project to raise money for Spokane’s Ronald McDonald House, which provides families a place to stay when their children are in the hospital.
 
Basinger never expected just how many pop tabs the troops would generate.
 
“When the first trunk filled up, I was like, ‘Oh golly, I’m gonna have to buy more trunks,’” Basinger said.
 
So she did. She filled three of them and estimates, together, the tabs weight about 100 pounds.
 
On Friday at 1:30 p.m., she and the Combat Vet Riders were scheduled to hand deliver the donation to Spokane’s Ronald McDonald House.
 
The pop tabs will turn into pure profit for the organization, because the Ronald McDonald House works directly with a recycler that pays the market rate for the tabs.
 

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