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IAJHSC Raises $21,097.07 for Make-A-Wish® Illinois, our 2019-2020 State Service Project
Make-A-Wish Illinois

The IAJHSC is so incredibly pleased to announce that due to the amazing efforts of our membership we have raised a tremendous amount of money for the State Service Project this year. The donation amount was more than the past several years! We had over 50 member schools participate and so many of them shared pictures of their workshops where they came together to celebrate and even make care packages for kids! Our hearts were warmed time and time again! Your generous gifts will be a blessing to so many lives of kids right here in Illinois! So, drum roll pleaseā€¦the IAJHSC raised $21,097.07 for Make-A-Wish Illinois! Congratulations and our deepest thank you for all you have done!

Lora Puckett
State Service Project Coordinator

Make-A-Wish® Illinois is an organization that works with sick children from around the state. These children are able to request their wishes. These wishes could be as simple as wishing for a birthday party or as grand as a trip to Disney World.

Make-A-Wish® Illinois does not prioritize one wish over another; every wish request is fulfilled. Every year, around 1,200 children in Illinois are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish® Illinois believes that these wishes are important in the overall care and treatment of these children.

When kids get diagnosed with a serious condition, it can have a devastating effect on their mental health. Seeing their wishes fulfilled can boost their attitude and help treatments be more successful.


For more information on Make-A-Wish® Illinois, visit https://illinois.wish.org.

History of IAJHSC State Service Projects »

pop canOngoing Service Project

(in addition to the annual State Project)

IAJHSC Pop Tab Service Project for Ronald McDonald Houses

For many years the IAJHSC has supported the Ronald McDonald Houses in Illinois by asking each school attending convention to bring one gallon of pap tabs per delegate so that the tabs can be recycled. The tabs are collected at convention, weighted, and taken to a recycling center to be exchanged for money. The money is then donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses.

Unfortunately, in the earlier years of the project, we did not keep any records of our donations. However, in more recent years, we have begun to keep those records. The list of our support for the Ronald McDonald Houses through the recycling of the pop tabs follows. The money donated always depends on the going rate for recycled aluminum at the time of the donation. The numbers are approximate.

A big THANK YOU goes to everyone for popping tabs! The mission of the Ronald McDonald Houses is to create, find, and support programs that directly help the well-being of children. Our donation each year helps them to achieve that very important mission.

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Year Pounds Collected Number of Tabs Amount Donated
2003 7,000 8,869,000 $3,000
2004 6,634 8,405,278 $3,723
2005 6,300 7,982,100 $3,100
2006 4,500 5,928,236 $3,000
2007 6,300 7,982,102 $3,200
2008 3,660 4,638,487 $4,000
2009 4,350 5,131,350 $1,280
2010 4,861 6,654,792 $2,500
2011 3,800 5,500,000 $2,500
2012 3,355 4,250,780 $1,678
2013 3,090 3,915,030 $2,009
2014 3,413 4,324,777 $1,962
2015 4,193 5,401,221 $2,131
2016 4,115 5,153,649 $1,442
2017 4,008 5,780,136 $1,874
2018 3,200 4,800,000 $1,714
2019 2,695 3,234,167 $1,078
2020 N/A N/A N/A


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