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One Kid: One Million Pop Tops

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Something small can add up to make a BIG difference.

That's the motto behind the Ronald McDonald House 'pop tops' campaign that has helped ease family medical expenses for decades.

Jennifer Thorgramson introduces us to one young boy who is going above and beyond to give back.

It may not be the sound of coins falling.

But to eight-year-old Hunter, it may as well be.

(Clint Kreutzbender, Hunter's Dad) "It's a good lesson. Helping out other people and being a part of your community. They set a goal of a million, Kyle threw that out there. We said okay, we're going to do it. It almost seems like an unachievable goal, but here we are just a few months in and we're halfway there."

Hunter was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at nine months old.

After multiple surgeries, Gilette Children's Hospital in St Paul has become a second home --- but now that fact is a little easier to take after Ronald McDonald added a room for his family.

(Amanda Kreutzbender, Hunter's Mom) "Recently, Gillette Children's added on a Ronald McDonald Room. The last couple times that he's had surgery we've been able to stay right there at the hospital with him in the Ronald McDonald Room."

(Clint Kreutzbender, Hunter's Dad) "20 feet down the hall instead of downtown St. Paul in a hotel."

(Clint Kreutzbender, Hunter's Dad) "After his last surgery in February, he was sad that he had surgery and we were trying to find upbeat things to keep his mind off of that. Off the 'why me?' So he had a conversation with his grandmother about what he could do to help other kids or other families and that was one thing they came up with."

(Amanda Kreutzbender, Hunter's Mom) "Last night we tallied everything up because there's a lot of different people that are collecting and counting. As of last night, our tally was just over 500,000 so we have hit our halfway mark to a million."

The Kreutzbenders have set an additional challenge that they need your help with.

Hunter has a follow up appointment in St Paul on June 15th and he would like to hand deliver his collection.

Pop tops can be left at Bread of Life Church or the Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs Office.

(Amanda Kreutzbender, Hunter's Mom) "Every day we're getting pop tops."

Hunter's one million pop tops will be worth about $500.

Enough money to make a change.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

The actual cost to operate a Ronald McDonald Room varies between $50 to $100 a night.

Thanks to contributions like Hunter's, families stay at either no cost or a minimal donation.

Ronald McDonald Houses trade in the tabs because of the density of the pop tops and they're easier to clean than the whole can.

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