Burgettstown Legion donates tabs to Ronald McDonald House

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The American Legion Post 698, located at 1526 Main St., and its associated Sons of the Legion and Legion Riders collected 330 pounds of pop tabs over the course of a year and donated them to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh.

The post has participated in the program for several years. The charity recycles the tabs and uses the proceeds for their operating expenses. The Pop Tab Recycling Program raises thousands of dollars for the charity each year.

Senior Vice Commander Robert Latshaw said the legion would like to partner with other community organizations in the project.

“We’re just hoping that some other groups will want to become involved and maybe help us for the next year,” he said. “We would love to make a donation twice as big.”

Latshaw added that the legion would be happy to assist other groups in their efforts and get them in contact with the charity.

“It’s a good organization,” he said. “They help a lot of people.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh provides housing and meals to families whose children are patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and live more than 40 miles away. The facility houses approximately 60 families at any time in private suites, with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and playroom. Since its opening in Pittsburgh more than 30 years ago, the Ronald McDonald House has served more than 11,000 families.

The charity also provides the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a 40-long “mobile doctor’s office” providing pediatric preventive care, treatment and education.

“What we try to do is when families come here, they can focus on the well-being of their child and not have to worry, ‘where are we going to sleep tonight?'” said Lynn Ussack, Ronald McDonald House community relations specialist. “‘What are we going to eat?’ This way, they can focus on their child.”

Volunteers are needed for fundraising, cooking meals and assisting in the office. For available volunteer opportunities, contact Mindy Adleff at (412) 246-1103.

The legion officers include Commander Richard Latshaw, Senior Vice Commander Robert Latshaw, Junior Vice Commander Jim Orgovan, Finance Officer Dan Collett, Service Officer Bob Rutherford, Chaplain Ross Johnson and Adjutant Doug Dillon.

The sons officers include Commander Kevin Galish, Senior Vice Commander Brian Stella, Junior Vice Commander Donald Chase, Finance Officer Alan Crow, Sergeant-at-Arms Derek Brown, Adjutant Brandon Boyers, Chaplain Dave Hughes and Historian Jack Chesnic.

The riders officers include President Tony Strappazzon, Senior Vice President Eugene Latshaw and Secretary-Treasurer Jack Chesnic.

The legion and its affiliates also will be supporting a chicken roast to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Washington County from noon to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion located on Smith Township State Road, state Route 18, across from Hill Memorial Stadium’s main entrance.

The cost is $12 per dinner, which includes one-half chicken, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. A cash bar will be available. The event will include a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction.

Tickets must be purchased by April 20. They may be purchased from any Burgettstown legion member or at the Atlasburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars, Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars and Burgettstown Knights of Columbus.

For information on the chicken roast or partner with the legion in the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser, contact the legion at (724) 947-9870.

(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at swallace@pafocus.com)