Jul 19, 2015 8:53 PM by Charlene Cheng
Most people don't think twice about the pop tabs on top of our soda cans, but one Redding woman sees them as a tool to help others.
"It's so easy to do. It's your house, and you have a Coke, just save it, you know," Pat Monahan said.
She lives at Sundial Assisted Living.
Earlier this year, she started collecting tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House to support families with sick children.
"I feel so bad for someone who's hurt or in pain. If I can do something about it, I do," Pat said.
With the help of fellow residents and local businesses, thousands of tabs have already been collected.
"When we sit at the table anybody that has a Coke or a Pepsi, I reach over, grab the can, and take the lids off," said Betty Opdyke, who assists Pat with the campaign.
The 45 residents at Sundial Assisted Living are no strangers to charity.
"This generation, they've given their entire lives. It's part of who they are. The more service project we do, I just notice that people come alive," Community Relations Director Holly Hayes said.
For Pat, this is just another way to make a difference.
"I've been planted here, and I'm just trying to bloom here," she said.
She's still looking for more people to join in on the cause.
If you'd like to host a "Pat's Tabs" container or just donate some tabs, you can contact Sundial Assisted Living at (530) 241-2900.