May 21, 2010

We have the most creative student volunteers!

One of those volunteers is Sara Persiani, a senior at Ledford High School in Davidson County. Sara decided to make the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem the focus of her senior project this year. While seniors are only required to do 15 hours of community service as a part of their project, Sara went above and beyond, clocking in 50 hours of volunteer time here at the House.

Sarah with her finished project scrapbook

She came to the House on several occasions throughout the year to make dinner and bake for families and documented it all in a gorgeous scrapbook.

The scrapbook's first page, love those felt letters!

Sara's biggest hit with families was definitely her 'Magic Reindeer Food' recipe. The kids staying at the House really appreciated her thoughtfulness, after all, those reindeer work hard pretty hard on Christmas Eve. They need a snack too!

'Magic Reindeer Food'

Thank you Sara for helping out at the House this year and best wishes as you start nursing school in the fall!

May 19, 2010

Spread the Word!!!

Hello readers! We need your help to win the Compete for Your Cause competition!

Between now and June 23rd you can click over to to vote for the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem by purchasing a $10.00 raffle ticket. Bridges will send $5.00 directly to the House to help provide the families of sick children with a comfortable place to stay. The other $5.00 will be put into a prize pot. With your help and support, we can get enough votes to win the prize pot for The Ronald McDonald House!

So, we need you to vote and to help us spread the word via blogs, facebook and twitter! If you have a blog, we would be so grateful if you could share this with your readers. :)

Thank you so much for your help and your support for the families staying here at the House. I will be sure to keep y'all posted on the competition progress!


PS. Please be sure to tell with us how you are spreading the word. We would love to give you a shout out here on the House Blog :)

May 11, 2010

My Latest Investigation

Watson here.

I know it has been a while since I last blogged but, I have had a lot going on lately. Frankly, I have been feeling a bit overworked. I mean, not only have I been pulling my usual duties as House mascot and watchdog but I have also been moonlighting in construction site management.

Honestly, I just don’t know what these construction guys would do without my barking orders.

But, all of this hard work is really starting to pay off. Just look at the progress we have made. Here I am with Mom and RMH work study student Rachel in October 2009. Oh yeah, Peanut was there too.

And now look at the place:

It’s the prettiest dog house on the block for sure; maybe even the prettiest on the whole street!

My construction team tells me it will be done this summer. That is great news because I know there are lots and lots of families over at the hospital waiting for a cozy place to stay. Plus, I am really in need of a vacation, I’m thinking Cancun. This is one Basset Hound that could really use a water bowl with a little umbrella in it!



May 7, 2010

Congratulations Outstanding Volunteer Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that Family Room volunteers John and Dinah Reece and Family Support Program volunteer Mary Martha Douglas were honored this year at the Forsyth County Governor‘s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service!

Each year, Forsyth County recognizes special volunteers in our community at an annual awards event. This year’s event was an awards breakfast, held on Thursday, April 29 at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem.

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina and The United Way of Forsyth County encouraged organizations like the Ronald McDonald House to nominate two volunteers (one group and one individual) who graciously give their time to serve others. This year we were honored to nominate John and Dinah Reece in the group category and Mary Martha Douglas in the individual category.

John and Dinah Reece
Family Volunteer Award Winners

John and Dinah Reece were awarded with the "Family Volunteer Award" for their dedicated service to the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms here in Winston-Salem.

The Reece’s volunteer in the Family Room at Forsyth Medical Center, where they have collectively served over 650 hours since they first began in 2008. Over the past two years, they have provided compassionate support to families seeking respite from the toughest medical situations.

In addition to their time spent working with Family Room visitors, John and Dinah also manage the Room’s supply inventory. Once a week, Dinah shops with another volunteer, Christy, for supplies needed to keep the Room ready for families. John, an engineer retired from Reynolds Tobacco Company, is always on hand to tackle any problem, big or small, in the Family Room. From fixing pantry shelves to wrestling with out of control washing machines, John can handle it all!

John and Dinah with Family Room Manager, Judy Sangimino

We are especially grateful to John and Dinah for generously volunteering to cook and serve Christmas dinner to families in the Forsyth Medical Center Family Room last Christmas. What a blessing it was for the families of sick children to have John and Dinah at the hospital over the Christmas holiday!

The Reece’s are also active volunteers at Reagan High School, Old Town Baptist Church and Hospice. Dinah, a retired teacher, also mentors young teachers here in the area. John and Dinah have been married for 43 years and have four grandchildren.

John and Dinah accepting their award

Congratulations John and Dinah and thank you for tirelessly supporting and caring for the families of the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms!

Also honored at the breakfast was RMH Family Support Program volunteer Mary Martha Douglas.

Mary Martha Douglas, Adult Volunteer Award Nominee
with Family Support Program Coordinator, Chacy SanFilippo

Mary Martha was honored as a nominee for the “Adult Volunteer Award.” She has been an outstanding volunteer here at the House, serving in many different capacities over the past 24 years. Mary Martha began her journey with the Ronald McDonald House as a member of The Friends organization. As a Friend, she has served as Mailing Chairwoman, Meals Coordinator, Luminary Assembly Chairwoman and Chairwoman of the Family Liaisons Committee. Mary Martha has also served as both President and Vice President of the Friends. She currently serves on the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and is Chairwoman of the Events Committee.

Since 2008, Mary Martha has also worked with the families of the Ronald McDonald House as a Family Support Volunteer. She delivers her own special brand of love and support to families at their children’s hospital bedside. Her maternal devotion has provided an enormous amount of comfort to the moms and dads of sick kids, who feel confident knowing she will be there with their child when then need to rest for few minutes at the House.

Mary Martha and her husband, Walker, have four children, two of whom are also RMH volunteers. In addition to her work with the Ronald McDonald House, Mary Martha is an active volunteer with St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Summit School and R.J. Reynolds High School.

Mary Martha is recognized as a nominee

Congratulations to John, Dinah and Mary Martha! Thank you for caring for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House!

May 3, 2010

Don't Forget!

Every Monday night is Ronald McDonald House night at Cafe Arthur's!

Great food and 10% of all of the proceeds go the families staying at the House?! Can't beat that! See ya there :)