Pop Tabs Mission! Honoring Abbey Rotert

By: Malorie Maddox, Nathan Jank Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Nathan Jank Email




It's hard to imagine that something as simple as a pop tab could help so many families. Abbey Rotert's life is being honored through pop tab donations...and you can help!

As tab after tab pour in...they all stack up to a lot of love for Abbey.

"Her life expectancy was 2-3 years and she lived until she was 21...we're happy about that." said Abbey's mom, Jenni Rotert.

Abbey lost her battle to a rare disease back in January. For her parents, the pain is still very fresh.

"The time has only been a few months, so it's hard for me to talk about." said Jenni.

Growing up, Abbey spent countless days, months in the hospital. Her three older brothers were always by her side.

"She was just the good of all the parts of the rest of us..." said Sky Rotert, Abbey's brother.

It's that family love and devotion that has turned into a very big mission. Around twenty years ago, the family started collecting tabs from aluminum cans.

The donations have poured in from all over starting with small bags. They go up 25 pound bags, and large yard bags. They have a million right now in their garage.

A million! But the latest donations are just part of it. In 2005, Abbey donated a million and a half tabs to the Ronald McDonald House.

"It's amazing the reach one little girl has." said Jenni.

For each million tabs they melt down--it adds up to about $1200 for the Ronald McDonald House.

"All the tabs turned in from people pays for the electric bill for the entire year."

Group Photo

Abbey's family says they are at four million today, all of which have been collected in Ron's garage.

Sky jokes, "If you'd been here before the tabs it wasn't much cleaner..."

With the help of their amazing family and friends, their ultimate goal is six million...maybe even more.

"It's just so amazing how fast a little baggie turns into a big bag..." said Abbey's dad, Ron.

Proof that one beautiful life...has inspired an army of supporters.

"It just goes to show how many people are affected by abbey." said Jenni.

The family has a Facebook Page called "Pop Tabs for Our Girl Abbs." They post pictures of donations.

Jenni says several schools have taken up collections and the family has also held fundraisers to gather the tabs. They have also received donations from Texas and Washington.

They say although Abbey couldn't walk or talk, she had no trouble inspiring every one around her, especially her three older brothers.

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