People Making a Difference For Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia

Sandy Nichols and Maverick

Hello, my name is Sandy Nichols and I am a teacher at Oliver Elementary School in Russell County, Alabama. I also have an amazing grandson named Maverick Carter, and he has battled cancer twice in his short life. The first cancer was when he was 9 months old, adrenal carcinoma. The second time was this past December, sarcoma. He is 4 years old and is currently going through chemotherapy. My daughter, Jackie, and her husband, Ryan, live in Savanna, GA. They have benefitted by the RMH at Memorial Hospital.

A few weeks ago, I brought Maverick to your RMH to deliver the tabs our school has been collecting. We donated 80 pounds of pop tabs!






Kaylon Holt

Kaylon Holt has been collecting pop tabs for us all year! He’s gotten friends and local businesses to help him on his mission. He began by turning in over 110,000 Pop Tabs! Kaylon attends Perry Wellness Center in Americus, Georgia. Mulkey McMichael is his wonderful sponsor who encourages Kaylon in all he does. His total tabs donated is now up to 360,000 and counting. His initial goal is to collect 1 million tabs! He recently got his nearest McDonald’s restaurant to help him as well. Please read more about Kaylon, Perry Wellness Center and his mission HERE

Kaylon is at it again! He is one determined and dedicated young man. His tab total is now up to 630,000 and counting! He brought a load of tabs to the House on November 11th and our volunteer Ken Freeman helped him unload them!

Kaylon continues his efforts and has now enlisted the help of 2 McDonald’s locations in Americus Georgia.



Maci Gibson

The special love shared by a sweet young lady and her Grandparents has been extended to reach the patients and their families served by the Ronald McDonald House of West GA! 

Maci Gibson is an eleven year old honor student at Mountain View Elementary in Manchester, GA. When she is not busy with school, her amazing artwork, performing in community theater, cooking, hunting, fishing, and caring for her family’s many animals; Maci takes the time to be thoughtful of others.

When she was five years old, she and her grandparents, Martin and Delores Gibson of the Cove Community in Woodbury, GA decided to participate in a service project to save tabs from aluminum cans. They planned to donate the tabs to an organization which could use the funds from the sale of the aluminum to support their mission. Maci and her grandparents selected the Ronald McDonald House which provides housing and care for the families of ill children while they are hospitalized. Maci and her grandparents, assisted by her parents Lee and Misty Gibson (a 2nd grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary), big brother Zach, and many family and friends worked diligently for six years, collecting tabs from South Georgia to South Carolina.

On Saturday, December 13th, Maci, her Grandmother and Tiny Koerwitz owner of McDonald’s in Manchester, GA visited the Ronald McDonald House to donate over 70 pounds of pop tabs, representing over one hundred thousand tabs. Thanks to Maci, her grandparents, and all other supporters there will continue to be “Room at the Inn” for many patient families. What better Christmas present could be given or received? Maci’s other Grandparents are Larry and Jean Chapman of Manchester, GA.

Maci was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Executive Director, Susan Yaksh!