Long Island Scrap Metal

June 7, 2012

Can Tabs for Kids Program Raises $2,000
for Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook

Gershow Makes Additional Donation on Top of $722 Raised by Students in Fight against Childhood Cancer; Company Was Inspired by Students’ Dedication and Efforts and Growing Participation in Program

Can Tabs for Kids Program

Pictured (left to right): Jonathan Abrams, Maria Marks, Dr. Robert Parker, Cara J. Giannillo, Debra Giugliano, and New York State Senator Lee Zeldin.


At a special assembly at William Floyd Elementary School on June 7 which marked the official conclusion of the "Can Tabs for Kids” program, Gershow Recycling announced it made an additional contribution on top of its pledge to match the $722 raised by students at William Floyd School District’s elementary schools, Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport, Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue and Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue as part of the Can Tabs for Kids program.

Can Tabs for Kids is designed to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer. The money will go to benefit the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center, an organization that raises awareness and funds for specific projects to assist families. Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams presented the check during the assembly.

As part of the Can Tabs for Kids program, students brought in aluminum tabs from soft drink and pet food cans that their parents purchased and placed them in collection bins located in their classrooms. Each week, the bags were taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where the contents were weighed and recycled. Gershow received 2.2 million tabs from the students, weighing a total of 1,444 pounds and worth $722. The students’ efforts inspired Gershow to donate an additional amount to the Sunrise Fund on top of the $722 the company agreed to match, making the total donation $2,000.

The idea for the program was inspired by Maria Marks, a William Floyd Elementary School student who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. Between the ages of two weeks and six months, she underwent numerous chemotherapy sessions. The constant exposure to the radiation resulted in Maria losing her hearing in both ears and now she must wear hearing aids. Her cancer has since been in remission.

The program has since expanded, with participating schools including Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport, Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue, and Our Lady of Mercy School in Cutchogue, as well as the Patchogue-Medford and Half Hollow Hills School Districts.


Can Tabs for Kids Program

William Floyd Elementary School student Maria Marks (front, right) looks on with her classmates with some of the 2.2 million aluminum tabs that were collected for the Can Tabs for Kids program, which was founded by William Floyd Elementary School and Gershow Recycling.


The Sunrise Fund was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the special needs of such children throughout local communities. The money used by The Sunrise Fund sustains cutting-edge research and family programs such as support groups, a School Re-Entry Program and many others.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between 0 and 15 years. In 2011, more than 11,000 new cases of pediatric cancer were diagnosed in children up to 14 years of age.

Gershow Recycling is proud to have been part of Can Tabs for Kids,” Mr. Abrams said. "The children surpassed all expectations in their participation in this wonderful program and providing support to their fellow classmate. We are also glad to have seen this program expand throughout the William Floyd School District and other schools as well. The students’ efforts and the growing participation in this program inspired the company to make an additional donation to the Sunrise Fund on top of what the company has pledged to match.”

We would like to thank Gershow Recycling for their generous support,” said Keith Fasciana, principal of William Floyd Elementary School. "I am also very proud of Maria Marks, the students who participated in this program and their families, for all their hard work and dedication in collecting over 2 million can tabs.”


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