Hannah Rennick is a 2015 graduate of Union High School and served as a Senior Model 2015 Rep for How Charming Photography and Design. For her community outreach initiative, she chose to collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House of Indianapolis and storybooks for Riley Children’s Hospital.
At 4 months old, Hannah very sick and was sent to Riley Hospital because of kidney problems. After multiple tests, they decided to perform surgery. Two months later she had urethral implants and was a patient at Riley for seven days. At this time, her mom and grandma rotated staying with her and staying at Ronald McDonald House. With several trips to Riley, they would stay at Ronald McDonald House the night doctor appointments.
At the age of two, she had to have a partial nephrectomy, and once again her mom and grandma rotated between staying with her and staying at Ronald McDonald House.
Even after these surgeries there were several trips made to Riley. Throughout the years Hannah saw many specialists, including a urologist, an ophthalmologist, a gastrointestinal specialist, an E.N.T. and a neurosurgeon at Riley and stayed many nights at Ronald McDonald House. To this day she stills go back to Riley for yearly checkups.
Riley Hospital and Ronald McDonald House have been part of Hannah’s life for the last 18 years, and if it wasn’t for the great doctors and the grace of God, she wouldn’t be here to tell her story. Hannah states “It is reassuring to know that there is such an excellent hospital and an extremely nice place with a homey atmosphere to stay at when needed. So, in doing my community outreach, I want to give back to two places that have been my second homes my whole life.”
WHY Save ???
To many, a pop tab is just a piece of aluminum with one purpose – to open a can. But recycled pop tabs generate much-needed funds to support the Ronald McDonald House and the nearly 1,900 families served each year.
During the past 15 years, about $500,000 has been generated in pop tab revenue for the House.
Funds received from the recycling of tabs usually adds up to between $50,000 and $70,000 annually. All this money goes to the operating expenses of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and can cover the cost of operating three rooms in the House for an entire year.
Induction into the One Million Pop Tab Club:
We are VERY happy to report that Hannah’s project made a donation of over ONE MILLION plus pull tabs. The official donation of tabs was made to the Ronald McDonald House (of Indianapolis) on Friday, May 1, 2015. Jerry and Gayle Margraf (owners, Linton McDonald’s), Hannah Rennick (Senior 2015 Model Rep), and Heather Graves (owner, How Charming Photography and Design) traveled to Indianapolis to make the donation.
An awards plaque presentation from Ronald McDonald House was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Linton McDonald’s. Be sure to check out the slideshow with images from the day. We wish to thank all who attended the presentation and will continue to donate your pull tabs to this great cause. You may continue to drop off your pull tabs at anytime to the Linton McDonald’s. The tabs must be clean and presented in clear Ziploc Bags the front register.
Storybook Drive for Riley Children’s Hospital:
Over 200 NEW storybooks for children Age 6 months through Age 16 were collected from the following businesses and individuals: Baesler’s Market – Linton, The Picnic Basket in Bloomfield, and Dugger Union Community Schools. These were donated to Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health-Indianapolis. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. How Charming Photography Senior 2015 Model Rep, Hannah Rennick and her mother, Missy Rennick, are pictured with Miles, a current Riley Patient, and his mother. He was presented a Snowman storybook on Dec. 3, 2014 at Riley Children’s Hospital during the storybook donation.