Chelsea McSparren is gone, but she hasnt forgotten.
McSparren, who last year as a Durango High School senior spearheaded a drive to collect pink lids from Yoplait yogurt to raise funds for breast cancer research, is gathering lids again this year.
Shes a freshman at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, so she wont be home until Christmas break. But her father, Lyle, is making the rounds to pick up lids and distribute collection envelopes.
The deadline for depositing lids is Dec. 15.
Ground rules are the same as last year. Yoplait donates 10 cents per lid to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Yoplait also gives a nickel per lid to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for lids collected by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members or alumnae. The foundation matches the nickel and sends 10 cents to Susan G. Komen.
Lids may be deposited at Albertsons, the two City Market locations, DoubleTree Hotel, The Durango Herald, Four Corners OB/GYN, Mercy Regional Breast Care Center, Mercury Payment Systems and Walmart. Plastic envelopes to store lids are available at the same locations.
All Durango School District 9-R venues have collection baskets. Elementary schools compete to collect lids, with the top campus winning an ice cream party courtesy of Chelsea McSparren.
Escalante and Miller middle schools also try to outcollect the other to win the ice-cream party.
McSparren, who has pledged Zeta Tau Alpha, collected 9,149 lids last year. This year, for intersorority bragging rights, she wants to top the 12,167 pink lids gathered by a Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae in 2010. Last year, she collected through her mother, Laura McSparren, also a Zeta.