BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council has collected 1,250 pounds of pop can tabs to help the Ronald McDonald House provide families with a place to stay while their child is in the hospital.

The tabs generated about $500 that went to the nonprofit as part of this year’s statewide community service project.

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4-H members and clubs throughout the state were asked to collect can tabs and bring them to the 4-H Teen Leadership Conference and 2015 State Fair. A competition was held among the counties, and Brookings County won by collecting a total of 213 pounds of pop tabs.

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SDSU Extension State 4-H Events Field Specialist Audrey Rider says the yearlong focus was a way for the organization to give back to a single entity.

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