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At RMHC age is relative. We are about the whole family – about getting everyone involved, young and old, in the health and well being of a child.
This isn’t just a paradigm for the families staying at a Ronald McDonald House, the same goes for the network of volunteers helping to make RMHC programs run smoothly.
RMHC has volunteers that range in age from 9 to 92. They do everything from cooking to cleaning; gardening to fixing a leak; fundraising to answering phones. Some volunteers just stop in to a Ronald McDonald House on a regular basis to say “hi,” show their support, and drop off a gift or two for the families.
Two very special volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas have gone the extra mile to give back.
First, Clark Simpler, a 9-year old Texas Longhorns fan and budding philanthropist is a kid who wants to help other kids. For the past three years he’s been making lemonade, gathering his friends together and managing a lemonade stand to support his local Ronald McDonald House. He’s raised more than $350 for the Charity and has big plans for his future philanthropic efforts. He also sent us his lemonade recipe to inspire some more kids to manage their own lemonade stands.
Second, Mary Pendleton, the 92-year old grandmother of Jessica Kizer, a cancer survivor that stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, has been baking cakes once a week for the House for the past 20 years. Her cakes are a sweet ritual for the families staying at the House and the warm smile and cheerful demeanor with which she delivers them are truly the icing on the cake.
Mary has a motto - “To never give up, love as many people as you can, and if you can’t, keep working on it.” Rather than age, this sentiment is the best way to describe RMHC volunteers – an army of compassionate individuals who never give up and love as many families as they can.
Clark's Lemonade Stand Lemonade courtesy of Paula Dean
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 1 gallon cold water
- 1 lemon, sliced
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. Stir until well mixed. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.