Frenship 4-H Club lends a hand at Ronald McDonald House

Updated: Dec. 5, 2016 at 11:19 PM CST
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Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
Source: Ashlyn Tubbs

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Members of the Frenship 4-H Club celebrated the season of giving at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest on Monday evening.

Ronald McDonald House provides a place for out of town families to stay when they have a sick child or teenager in the hospital.

The club members donated breakfast foods, games and puzzles to provide some simple cheer to these families away from home.

"We aren't just about showing animals," said Adina Stutzman, the club co-manager. "We like to do lots of things that improve their character, and giving back to the community is one of the things that we focus on the most."

All of the items were bought directly by each club member.

"They said they have a special need for breakfast, so we're here to provide breakfast for members who are here tomorrow," Stutzman said, "so they can go see their children who are sick in the hospital."

Stutzman picked the Ronald McDonald House charity because she knows just what kind of difference it makes. She used it herself when her son was born premature.

"I was with a lot of those moms who were right here and it's a very special place for them to stay and know that someone is taking care of their child and they're steps away from their baby," she said.

Her son, Luke, is now in 7th grade. He knows the games and puzzles they brought will help long after the food is gone.

"We tried to bring them a lot of different things, and I hope it makes them happy," he said.

Ronald McDonald House Manager Elise Rascoe made sure the members knew the impact of their short time in the building.

"With Christmas coming up some of those games will be fun for siblings who are at the house to get a little more to do while they're here," Rascoe said.

These are all reasons why club president Ashton Smith said they will continue to follow their pledge, to use their hands for larger service.

"Even if we're not physically serving a meal, you know it's great to do that," Smith said. "People need food, but sometimes they just need you there. And it's really important to just show up. That makes it so much easier on them, and they don't need any more stress right now."

There are still plenty of needs that can be met at the Ronald McDonald house this holiday season, and plenty of ways to help.

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