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The Thirsty Lizards also collect can tabs. We appreciate the enthusiasm, desire to help the Shriners and the effort it takes to collect them.

Please review the information on this web site and do not contact us!

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About the Can Tab Program

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield and Boston have been collecting pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans since 1989, recycling them, and putting the money toward programs that directly benefit children.

Since its inception, about a half-million pounds of aluminum tabs have been collected and recycled.

Did you know: The tabs are the only pure aluminum part of the can, and the cans may still be returned for deposit even after the tabs are removed.

Here are just some of the items that the Shriners Hospital has purchased over the years:
  • A Baxter Infusion Pump, used to dispense pain medication.
  • Arthrometer used to measure the degree of instability in the knee.
  • Bullard Laryngoscope used by an anesthesiologist to place a breathing tube in a patient who has a complex airway.
  • A 10-foot trailer for the hospital van, used to transport medical equipment and records to outreach clinics throughout New England and New York State.
  • Computerized Pressure Mapping, a force sensing array used in evaluating pressure distribution for patients requiring customized wheelchair seating systems.

Have a bunch of cantabs and don't know how to donate them? Click here for the details!


Can Tab Program

The flyers below contain information that you can distribute about how the can tab program helps the Shriners kids:
pdf Shriners Can Tab Program Flyer1 (1.5mb)
pdf Shriners Can Tab Program Flyer2 (1mb)

For more info about:

  • The Shriners' Can Tab Program, please call the Public Relations Department at Shriners Hospital for Children 413-735-1291.
  • The Shriners Hospital, call 1-800-322-5905 Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield: 413-787-2000.

Click here to see how you can help.

ABOUT SHRINERS HOSPITALS: The Shriners Hospitals for Children operates 18 hospitals throughout the U.S., Montreal, Canada, and Mexico City, Mexico, for children with orthopedic problems and burns. Shriners Hospitals are open to all children up to their 18th birthdays.

All medical treatment is administered without cost to the patient, their family or any third party. For more information about Shriners Hospitals, call 1-800-237-5055 or visit their web site

Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield: 413-736-3221

Shriners Burns Hospital, Boston: 617-722-3000

Thanks for helping us to help the kids.

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