Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 6, 2012

A mission to help others in need

Diane Raver
The Herald-Tribune

— Julie Thornsberry Day has turned the deaths of two family members into a mission to help others in need.

In 2002, she lost a brother, David Thornsberry, and niece, Erin Thornsberry. She then decided to do something to give back to the community in their memory.

While her niece was at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, a place where families can stay at little or no cost so they can be close to their hospitalized children.

Day’s mother, Mary Thornsberry, reveals, “It’s a wonderful place.”

Because of this, Day says, “I wanted to help them (the organization).”

The Batesville resident asked family and friends, everyone she could think of, to save pop tabs so she could donate them to the charity.

She has collected 128,725 tabs so far. “I counted every one of them,” the New Horizons client reports.

Nov. 11 will be the 10th anniversary of her niece’s death, and she will be making her donation to the Ronald McDonald House around that date. She and her family thank all who have helped make this possible.

In the meantime, the woman, who enjoys crocheting blankets and doing word searches, is happy with the progress she has made. However, she stresses, “I’m not going to stop. I’m trying for 1 million.”

Community members who would like to help Day reach her goal can drop off pop tabs at 23 Arbor Lane, Batesville. “It’s a good cause,” she points out.

Diane Raver can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 114; or diane.raver@