Finches bring pop tabs

Beverly and Douglas Finch hold 12 pounds of pop tabs they brought from La Mirada, CA, to Hawarden as part of the pop tab collection in member of Jacy McAlexander.


HAWARDEN—Twelve pounds of pop tabs arrived in Hawarden this weekend to help a mom and dad reach a goal.

N’West families have been collecting pop tabs for the past six months for the family of Jacy McAlexander, a young man who lost his battle with cancer from South Central Calhoun. 

Jacy’s parents have the goal to collect five ton of tabs by Friday, Sept. 6, which is their son Jacy’s birthday. The money from the pop tabs will be given to the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House where Jacy stayed several nights during his treatment.

The 12 pounds of pop tabs recently added were relieved by Douglas and Beverly Finch, the parents of Jennie Finch — an American, former collegiate All-American and medal winning Olympian, retired two-time pro All-Star, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and first baseman — all the way from La Mirada, CA. 

“We have been collecting them forever,” Douglas said. “Our kids, grandkids, neighbors uncles and aunts would all save them.”

Last year’s Hawarden Independent/Ireton Examiner story on the pop tab collection caught their interest.

McAlexander's seek goal of five ton

Earl, Jacy and Kerri McAlexander at the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines during one of his many scan days during his battle with cancer.

“Last year, when they carried the jersey, I saw the story and knew we were coming to Hawarden so the timing worked out great,” Douglas said. “Some did came from Jennie, too.”

The Finches were members of the 1969 West Sioux High School graduating class so they came back to Hawarden for their 50th class reunion. 

Getting the pop tabs on the plane wasn’t as big of hassle as one would have thought.

“We did get our bag inspected, but nothing unusual,” Douglas said. “We had the tabs in air tight sealed baggies.”

The Finches have three adult children, Jennie, Shane and Landon.