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Hometown Patriot: Shorty Breaux

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Shorty Breaux started off 2013 with a goal of beating his old record and collecting 500 quart-sized bags of aluminum pull tabs. He was doing it for the kids whose parents stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston.

All year long, Shorty asked the community to collect those aluminum pull-tabs, one quart bag at a time. But what happened later in the year surprised even Shorty.  

"I never did imagine that I would go over a thousand," he said. "But next year, I believe it's going to be more."

Jennifer Watts, who helps Shorty out, said, "I think he has brought the community together. I think he has shown people what a gift giving can be. He has gotten the community together to donate all these to the Ronald McDonald House and to help children."

The more people that heard about his project, the more people that took part.

"They got a good heart," Shorty said. "The community respects me, what I'm doing. A lot of them said, 'you're doing a good cause, Shorty.  And keeping the city clean."

"Small things can make a big difference. These little pull tabs are small but they make a huge difference. It just shows that what one person can do to rally the community is a wonderful thing," Watts added.

Shorty will turn in his tabs to a local recycler and donate his check to the Ronald McDonald House.

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