Elant at Wappingers Falls Soda Cans Contribute to Recreation, Recycling & Fundraising
04/21/2010

Not only do those aluminum cans offer liquid refreshment to staff and residents, they also help supplement resident activity funds while offering a financial benefit to the Ronald McDonald House!

Online PR News – 21-April-2010 – – Wappingers Falls – A simple soda can certainly has a long and fulfilling life at Elant at Wappingers Falls.

Not only do those aluminum cans offer liquid refreshment to staff and residents, they also help supplement resident activity funds while offering a financial benefit to the Ronald McDonald House!

The Elant at Wappingers Falls soda can’s journey began as a simple recycling project a year and a half ago.

“I’ve always been big on recycling but it didn’t seem like it was being done here,” said Elant at Wappingers Falls Activities Coordinator Jean Modica. “But now residents keep their eyes open and help to keep cans out of the garbage and into our designated recycling bins.”

Since the program’s inception, an estimated 16,000 cans have been returned for a profit of almost $800. The money is used to benefit residents, most often through various activities.

The soda can’s usefulness was further expanded when Elant at Wappingers Falls Executive Director Dana Diorio-Casey’s 6-year-old daughter, Sierra Casey, was asked to contribute to a Ronald McDonald House fundraiser at her school by collecting can tabs. The only problem? Dana’s household only buys bottles of soda, leaving no tabs for little Sierra.

“We are always looking for projects for our residents to become involved in,” said Dana. “I thought collecting the tabs would be just perfect. And my daughter was thrilled!”

So now every couple of days, thanks to the Elant at Wappingers Falls residents, Sierra has bulging bags of tabs to take into school to help out the Ronald McDonald House.

“I really enjoy giving back so this has been a lot of fun,” said Anita Zapata, an Elant at Wappingers Falls resident who oversees the “tab” project. “It’s very rewarding to know we’re helping others.”

Once the tabs are received by the Ronald McDonald House, they are taken by the truckload to a local recycling center, where they are weighed. For each pound of aluminum, the Ronald McDonald House earns the market rate.

“These tabs afford families free or reduced night stays in Ronald McDonald houses while their children are receiving treatment in hospitals,” said Gina Verdi, Sierra’s first-grade teacher. “The students in my class are amazed at how many pop tabs the Elant residents have contributed to the effort.”

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Elant, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit organization, has been a part of the Hudson Valley healthcare landscape for the past 25 years. Its seven campuses, located across five counties, serve an estimated 3,500 people daily and provide sub-acute care and rehabilitation services, nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, retirement community living, home health care, and a managed long-term care plan. Elant’s mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care and lifestyle options to persons of diverse generations, cultures, means, and needs.