Operation: Can Tab pops off at Franklin Pierce

by Casey Diana
edited by Robbie Sequiera

Jess Strassburg was in middle school when one of her teachers introduced the idea of collecting can tabs. From then on, collecting has become a regular thing for the Franklin Pierce freshman.

“In high school I was in Key Club, and we started collecting them as a side project,” said Strassburg. “It wasn’t until just before winter break that I randomly started collecting them again just to see how many I could collect.”

(Photo: Casey Diana)

She has officially launched “Operation: Can Tab” on campus and tabs are piling up by the day.

Her efforts are no longer solo, as students across campus have joined in her in the collection. “I am so impressed and my heart is filled with so much warmth by the response we have gotten from FPU Students and Faculty. Everyone has made collecting a habit,” said Strassburg.

When her friends and hallmates noticed she had began collecting tabs, they were understandably confused. It was then that Strassburg decided to research just what she was collecting for, “Once I learned just how much of an impact it would make, collecting became a habit and a mission,” said Strassburg.

The tabs are the only fully metal part of a can, which is why they get sent in to the Shriners Hospital for Children. The tabs are then melted down and sold as recycled metal.

The Shriners Hospital for Children helps children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs. They are  volunteer run and donation funded, and help to provide the possible care to all, even those who can not pay.

“I’m driven by what Shriners has done for my cousin Jack. Jack is 27 now and has lived his whole life with Cerebral Palsy. Shriners did so much for him and his family when he was a kid going through treatment,” said Strassburg.

With word of her efforts spreading, the income of support was massive. “That’s when I starting making the collection buckets. I figured that if people had a goal of filling the bucket, they would be more willing to collect,” said Strassburg.

Operation Can Tab buckets can be found all across campus, and the numberof tabs collected grows by the day. The success at Franklin Pierce has even led to Strassburg joining forces with junior Meg Williams, and the two have helped the cause grow to UMass Amherst as well.

“Our goal is to spread the word and save the kids one at a time!” said Strassburg.

Operation Can Tab can be found on Instagram and Twitter, @OperationCanTab. Anyone interested in adding a collection bucket to their residence or office can contact either the Twitter or Instagram.


One Response to Operation: Can Tab pops off at Franklin Pierce

  1. Thank you Jess and the other students and staff at Franklin Pierce. It is truly and inspiration to see how something as small as a can tab can make such a big difference in peoples lives. Thank you all again and keep up the good work.

    Deb Stachura April 14, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

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