Appleton police collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee

Pop tabs (WLUK/Alexa Santos)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- In an effort to make a difference in the lives of families with sick children, the Appleton Police Department is collecting pop tabs.

The money from the recycled pop tab collection will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee.

The initiative was inspired by the department's own.

In 2017, an Appleton officer and his family lost a child to a rare medical condition. The officer and his family spent many nights at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee and were grateful for the organization providing a place for them to stay during that time.

A large container will be set in the lobby of the police station at 222 S. Walnut Street. People can drop off pop tabs throughout the year.

Police say they hope to fill the container annually.

Since 2000, the Ronald McDonald House has raised more than $360,000 from the collection and recycling of pop tabs.

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