UPDATE: Eau Claire police road-tripped to Portage, Wisconsin Friday in an effort to help a 5-year-old girl break a world record and help a good cause.
As we previously reported, Mercedes Alves is hoping to collect 6,280,041 pop tabs -- which would break a record. The effort is to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house, which her family says helped them through the toughest time in their lives -- when Mercedes' brother died in a car accident.
Word of her effort made it to Eau Claire and the police department jumped in to help. In a video posted to the ECPD facebook page today, you can see Officers Bridget Coit and Kyle Roder drive the donations to Portage Friday to deliver them personally.
They say in just a week, the community donated enough to fill the back of their SUV.
January 8, 2018
UPDATE: An officer with the Eau Claire Police Department told News 18 the pop tab collection at the police station has been a big hit.
As News 18 reported in December, Mercedes Alves' brother died in a car accident. That's why she started collecting pop tabs. Her goal: 6,280,014 tabs, which would break a world record. Teaming up with her are the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office.
Officer Bridget Coit told News 18 they have received so many pop tab donations, she and another officer will be driving the pop tabs to Portage instead of mailing them.
Police are extending the deadline of accepting pop tab donations at the police station until January 11.
January 5, 2018
Local authorities are forming an unlikely team with a Wisconsin 5-year-old to achieve her dream and help others.
As we told you in December, Mercedes Alves' brother died in a car accident. That's why she started collecting pop-tabs. Her goal: 6,280,014 tabs, which would break a world record. Teaming up with her are the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office.
"I think a definite benefit for us is that we have had numerous employees, myself included, that have been personally touched by the Ronald McDonald House. And so, anything that we can do to help support them and also help support the dreams and goals of a little girl is a wonderful think for us to become involved in," said Officer Bridget Coit of ECPD.
ECPD will be collecting pop-tabs until Tuesday, Jan. 9. You can drop them off at the donation box inside the joint lobby of the Government Center in Eau Claire.
Mercedes is counting all her tabs Jan. 15, and all the money will b donated to the Ronald McDonald House.