History of Tabs for Tots
In 2000, at the Alberta Elks Provincial Conference in Fernie, a proposal was presented to the delegates for raising funds. The idea was to assist smaller, local and district hospitals and health units to purchase equipment for pediatric units, nurseries and delivery rooms and health units, that were unable to get from their health region.
The program was to collect the pull tabs from drink cans, soup cans, etc. as well as any other scrap metal and turn it into cash and use the funds to purchase this equipment and loan (donate) to the respective units. Cash donations were also accepted.
The challenge was taken up by the Lodges and the programs continue to flourish each year.
The Tabs for Tots program is now being taken up by the Lodges in BC and Saskatchewan and the Manitoba Lodges are reviewing and considering the program as well.
On behalf of the Alberta Elks Foundation, THANK YOU to all the Elks and Royal Purple Lodges. Your participation does make a difference.
We would be remiss if we did not thank Nick Henger from Red Deer Elks Lodge #85 for his eighteen years (to date) of dedication to this program. The work you have done for this program has not gone un-noticed!!