Whiteland student collecting pop tabs for charity

A Whiteland Elementary School fourth-grader wanted a way to honor her brother and help other families.

Sydney Clements, 9, remembers her little brother, Carter as being sick.

He spent his short three-week life at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis before he died. Her parents stayed in the nearby Ronald McDonald House while tending to their sick infant.

In honor of her brother, Clements has a goal to collect 1 million aluminum pop can tabs to collect money for the Ronald McDonald House.

After years of volunteering at the house with her mother, talking to families, baking desserts and helping her mother prepare a meal for families on Carter’s birthday, she wanted another way to help, she said.

“This year, I decided I wanted to do something,” she said.

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