SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

Students at Weaver Elementary School in Sullivan County have been busy collecting thousands of pop tabs in honor of a little boy who beat cancer.

The students are giving the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House to help with long-term stays for families who have sick kids in the hospital.

We learned they've been collecting them since January for Briggs Goforth, who was diagnosed with cancer at just eight months old.

On Friday the students got to meet the little boy who started the whole campaign.

Rowena Bailey with the Ronald McDonald House tells us she's never seen so many pop tabs in one place at one time. She says they will help get the money they need. "The tabs go to just supply the everyday needs like bacon, eggs, milk, orange juice, things that we have to supply almost daily for our families to have," she said.

We learned the students collected more than 1,000 small cups full of pop tabs.