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Charities Deliver to Ronald McDonald House

September 19, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Two West Virginia based charities, Hoagy's Heroes and Tabs for Tomorrow, have worked tirelessly for a year to collect over 465 gallons of aluminum tabs.

These tabs were delivered by motorcycle on Saturday, Sept. 15 to the Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown. Robinette Legal Group PLLC, a Morgantown, W.Va., personal injury law firm, hosted the event and provided a reception lunch for the volunteers.

Motorcycle riders came from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Canada to help with the delivery of the tabs.

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Hoagy’s Heroes and Tabs For Tomorrow have worked non-stop for the past year to collect 465 gallons of aluminum tabs. These tabs were delivered to Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, Sept. 15. Robinette Legal Group, of Morgantown, hosted the event.

Tabs for Tomorrow is an endeavor founded and led by 18-year-old Dexton McKinney of Wetzel County. Dexton has collected hundreds of gallons of aluminum tabs for charity this year and has spent hundreds of hours processing the tabs.

This year's donation to the Ronald McDonald House totaled atleast 465 gallons of aluminum tabs, most of which were collected and processed by McKinney and his family.

Since discovering that tabs can be used to help the less fortunate, McKinney has been pulling tabs ever since. His dad, Jim McKinney, has estimated that Dexton has probably spent around 20 hours a week pulling tabs off of cans. Yet, to Dexton, "It takes one second to pull a tab." This one tab could very well mean "A Child's Tomorrow."

Dexton has encouraged others to join his efforts. He has a Facebook page called "Tabs for tomorrow" and has received tabs from individuals in several different states.

Dexton makes sure these supporters know they are appreciated. His dad, Jim, previously explained that Dexton sends a "Thank You" card to each and every person who mails tabs. He also sponsors contests, via his Facebook page, encouraging people to send in more tabs. For instance, Dexton has specially designed t-shirts and can koozies promoting "Tabs For Tomorrow." Supporters also have the opportunity to be entered into drawings for prizes.

Those interested in helping Dexton with his tab-collection goals, are encouraged to visit his Facebook page "Tabs for tomorrow," or call Dexton at 304-815-8948. Businesses are encouraged to set out a tab-collection container in break rooms. Also, Jim reminds that tabs can be pulled from a variety of cans, not just pop cans.

Non-profit Hoagy's Heroes has previously recognized Dexton McKinney's tab-collection efforts, inviting Dexton to be an honorary member of its organization. The organization had further recognized Dexton by bestowing him with Hoagy's "Hero of the Year" award.

Dexton was also a nominee for the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Youth Leadership award.

Hoagy's Heroes, led by founder Hoagy Carmichael, is a non-profit devoted to raising needed funds for children's charities in West Virginia. To date, Hoagy's Heroes has raised over $260,000 in pledges for the charities they support and have traveled over 1,170,000 miles.

These rides would not be possible without the magnificent support of volunteers. The all-volunteer Hoagy's Heroes staff, first and foremost Hoagy's wife Amy, spends countless hours planning and organizing each ride, while dozens of event-day volunteers provide essential support at the beginning and end of each ride.

In the past, these event-day volunteers have included veterans, the staff of local motorcycle dealerships, law enforcement officers, firefighters, members of civic organizations and spouses and friends of many participants in the rides.

Charities which have benefited from Hoagy's Heroes tireless dedication included A Special Wish Foundation, the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, the Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown and the Augusta Levy Learning Center (for autistic children) in Wheeling, W.Va.

According to Hoagy Carmichael, "The bikers of Hoagy's Heroes believe that the true heroes are the children and the families of those who have been diagnosed as having life-threatening disorders, those born with autism and ones who have lost a parent who was serving our country. Hoagy's Heroes is committed to raising funds to allow others to enjoy the wonderful things many of us take for granted."

Robinette Legal Group PLLC was founded in 1999 by Jeffery L. Robinette. The local Morgantown, West Virginia, law firm's focus is representing the seriously injured and their families for personal injury insurance claims, wrongful death claims and medical malpractice cases. The attorneys and staff at Robinette Legal Group love getting involved and giving back to their community.



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