Possible World Record of Pop Tabs

Jim Spinler from Medford came down Rochester’s Second Street, slowly pulled his truck into the Rochester Ronald McDonald House driveway, and completed a 30-year plan to help save lives. In the truck, and on the trailer behind it, were pop tabs. Literally millions of them. Almost four million, in fact.

Why did Jim Spiner spend 30 years collecting pop-tabs? He knew a guy who’s child stayed at the House while dealing with cancer, and wanted to help the children and families staying there.

He talks about how important it is to take an interest in your community, and how he feels not enough do that. Little by little, pop tab by pop tab, Jim did it. Never lose sight of your goal, no matter how long your stride, if you keep working at it, you will get there. 

Jacob Dreyer, Communications Director at the House, says the weight of the pop tabs came in at about 2,120 pounds. It’s the largest donation of pop tabs the House has received in its 40-year history.