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Berkeley Springs man gives something back

Gloyd collects beverage tabs to raise funds for Shriners hospital that helped him

December 27, 2010
  • From left, Justin Gloyd, Jim Poland and Curtis Haines are shown with a load of beverage tabs, which weighs more than 300 pounds. Poland and Haines are two of many Ali Ghan Shrine "Roadrunners" who are part of the volunteer drivers of the Shrine Transportation van taking patients and family to the Shriners Hospials in Philadelphia, Erie, Pa., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Justin Gloyd of Berkeley Springs, a patient at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, has been collecting beverage tabs for the hospital for several years.

Gloyd has collected tabs from Doris’ Deli in Great Cacapon, W.Va., and Douglas Motors Inc. in Hancock.

He recently filled a pickup truck with more than 300 pounds of tabs. The tabs are collected and taken to the Shriners Hospital.

Gloyd had major surgery on both legs on July 21, 2009. He started going to the Shriners Hospital when he was 11 years old, which was in 1999. That is when he started collecting beverage tabs from friends, family and the two locations listed above.

The Shriners Hospital has been collecting beverage tabs for several years. To date, it has collected more than 34 tons or more than 95 million tabs, which has brought in more than $42,600 for the hospital.

The Shrine was founded in 1872, and has supported various charities and philanthropies. In 1920, however, Shriners voted to found its own philanthropy — Shriners Hospials for Children.

The first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, La., in 1922.

Today, Shriners Hospitals comprise 18 orthopedic hospitals, three burn centers and one hospital providing othopedic, burn and spinal cord injury care.

For more information, call 301-722-5970.

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