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Hints From Heloise: Pull tabs, help children

Dear Heloise: I would like to know if there is an organization that collects the PULL TABS FROM SODA CANS. Should I throw them out, or do you know where I could send them? Thank you for any help you can give me. -- Connye P., Washington, D.C.

Connye, happy to help, and my other readers may want to think about saving them, too. Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts soda tabs, which are then taken to a recycling center and turned into cash. The money is sent to RMHC, which provides a place to stay, at little to no cost, for families with a child who is hospitalized far from home because of serious illness or injury. The amount raised can add up to thousands of dollars.

For more information (unfortunately, there is no 800 number), you can go to the RMHC Web site,, to search for a chapter near you (some collect tabs, others don’t). -- Heloise

P.S.: You can call your chamber of commerce or reference desk at the library to see if there is one in your town.

Also, visit my Web site,, for links to my Facebook and Twitter pages — hints, fun facts and more!


Dear Heloise: I have a toddler and loved all the one-piece bodysuits that would snap closed at the bottom. As she grew, I couldn’t bear to just throw away all these cute one-piece items, yet she couldn’t fit into them anymore. I decided to experiment and cut the one-piece, making it into a T-shirt. You could hem the item if you wanted a more finished look, but I have washed them and found that they really don’t fray. Thought this was a hint worth sharing with other new moms. -- Pam F., via e-mail


Dear Readers: It is easy to overlook small recyclable items that can make a big difference over time. Remember to recycle toilet-paper and paper-towel cardboard cores. They sure can add up nationwide and make an impact in our landfills! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I like it when my slacks and jeans have a nice pressed appearance, but I don’t like to have to iron. Now I put my laundered pants in the dryer for several minutes to let the heat take out the wrinkles from the washer, then I hang them from hangers with clips. I smooth out the top, legs and seams, and let them air-dry. Most of the time, that’s all that’s needed for me to have crisp, smooth pants. -- Karen, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I needed to make two tablecloths out of one large one. After cutting and putting them through the washer and dryer, I decided to sew a hem on each one.

What a nice surprise when I saw that the washer and dryer had already given both cloths a nice frayed edge that perfectly matched all other sides. -- Jeannine H., Brazil, Ind.

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate



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