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JUNE 2014

House near Cox South MONDAYS 9 am – 12 pm 6 pm – 9 pm TUESDAYS 12 pm – 3 pm 3 pm – 6 pm WEDNESDAYS 9 am -12 pm 12 pm - 3pm 6 pm – 9 pm THURSDAYS 3 pm – 6 pm 6 am – 9 pm FRIDAYS 3 pm – 6 pm 6 pm- 9 pm SATURDAYS 9 am – 12 pm 12 pm – 3 pm 3 pm - 6pm 6 pm – 9 pm

Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers Needed!

YOU can help us spread the word about volunteer needs at BOTH Houses. We have several in-House shifts open for volunteers to adopt on a weekly basis, especially with many volunteers on summer break. The primary responsibility of an in-House volunteer is to help provide a “home away from home” to families and children. From checking in families, baking special desserts, restocking rooms, cleaning, and answering the phone, to assisting in newsletter distribution, running errands and computer entry, our volunteers continue to directly and indirectly affect the lives of thousands of families each year. Our volunteers work directly with the House management staff to ensure successful House operations and serve as the “heart” of our programs. For more information about joining our RMH volunteer family, please contact Brent Stock (House near Cox South) at 417.875.3501 or via email at or Brian Powers (House at Mercy Children’s Hospital) at 417.820.0764 or email at Brian. We are currently recruiting additional volunteers for the shifts shown to the right.

House at Mercy Children’s Hospital MONDAYS 9 am – 12 pm 12 pm - 3pm TUESDAYS 6 pm- 9pm WEDNESDAYS 12 pm – 3 pm THURSDAYS 12 pm – 3 pm 6 pm – 9 pm FRIDAYS 9 am – 12 pm SATURDAYS 12 pm – 3 pm 3 pm - 6 pm 6 pm – 9 pm

Heart of the House Staff House Near Cox South

From The Happy Anniversary 1 Year

Johnny Anderson, House near Cox South

5 Years

Kristina Taylor, House near Cox South

Happy Father’s Day June 15th

Wishing each and every dad the very best Father’s Day this year! Celebrate and enjoy your special day! When I scratched my knee, Or if I bumped my head, When I was afraid of the dark, Or that thing under my bed, When I cried in the night, Or even in the day, You were there for me, To make it all okay. You tickled my feet, And laughed at all my jokes. You taught me to believe, In having high hopes. You are my father You did what you had to do. But more than a father You are my friend too. You made everything good, That was once bad. I just want you to know I love you Dad. Written by: Jennifer S. Williams Heart Beats is published monthly for volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc. Editor: Staci Holland The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates: McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities logo, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald House logo, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC. The Tooth Truck name and logo are owned by The Tooth Truck, Inc.


Lori Aduddell Merideth Aduddell Miles Aduddell Scott Aduddell Lauryn Allison Hannah Anderson Johnny Anderson Oana Bozek Tyler Brasfield Martha Brooks Ashton Canfield Dave Canfield Phillip Canfield Vivian Carissimo Evelyn Close Heather Cottle-Dillon Kathy Dennis Audrey Dlabach Jan Dooly Judy Duncan Bill Duplisse Nancy Duplisse Heidi Gaulding

Becky Gillham Sharon Gillham Shawn Gott Amy Grubaugh Darren Harrelson Laura Harrelson Mackenzie Harrelson Cindy Harris Kathy Jenkins Paula Johns Clayton Keller Crosby Keller Kennedy Keller Mary Kline Betty Kniep Marion Kraemer Zachary Kram Caroline Langley Sandra McNeive Eileen Meinsen Larry Meinsen Ashley Miller Sandy Morris

Nathan Nelson Christian Nguyen Paul O’neill Angela Patrick Dani Peterson Kay Prost Kathy Purvis Cliff Ricketts Jan Ricketts Shannon Ryan George Schlick Rachel Schmeling Joan Schroeder Anne Schubert Marli Sims Sue Sloan Debbie Slocum Randy Slocum T.J. Slocum Mary Smith Ashleigh Spalding Kara Speights Kim Stagner

House At Mercy Children’s Hospital Kayley Barnes John Barron Josh Bell Michael Bohnert Tynisha Brown Courtney Cramer Angela Dearing Megan Dwyer Pfifer Duerkop Sandy Emberton Laurie Feick Brittany Figaro Debby Freiman

Terry Greer Ann Griesemer Sarah Gutzke Chuck Guy Michaela Harris Brenda Havens Carri Hummer Jessi Hummer MaKenzie Judy Katelin Krusz Angel Le Barbara McBride Larry McBride

Rebekah Mitts Jared Nave Pooja Patel Austin Plute Marc Propst Karla Reed Lauren Routh Chandler Saner Kelli Showers Jacob Smith Mikaela Smith Paul Spiker Amy Sullinger

Alexis Stethem Tina Stethem Brianna Steiert Brandon Taylor Karen Taylor Kelsey Taylor Kristina Taylor Rich Taylor Becky Tilton Katie Tohill Ava Uzzell Sondra Uzzell Tristen Uzzell DeeLee Webster Abigail Weitzel Lucy Weitzel Joanna Weitzel Scott Weitzel Sara Westbrooks Danielle Wolford Amy Wood Marsha Wood Megan Zengel

Serenity Sullinger Katelyn Sullivan Tammy Taylor Ashlee Tennis Debbie Williams

Welcome, New Volunteers To Houses Heidi Gaulding, Megan Zengel, and Shannon Ryan, Mary Kline

RMHC Staff President & CEO Bonnie Keller House Program Director Staci Holland Tooth Truck Program Director Mindy Muñoz Director of Events Chris Louzader Project Manager Amber Price Assistant to the President Debbie Kinser Development Assistant Kim Booth Communications Assistant Karen Doman

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH House Manager Megan Schussler Associate House Manager Brent Stock Assistant House Managers Karis Agnew Jacinda Canfield Adrianne Forster Brittany Gamble Morgan Jensen Kayla Love Sheridan Thurman

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AT MERCY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL House Manager Alexis Rainwater Associate House Manager Brian Powers Assistant House Managers Amber Campbell Amy Crawford Hannah Major Danielle Walcher Melanie Ward


Family Dinner Spotlight

Crighton, Olive & Dunn Surgical Group When did you start providing meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House? We began serving meals in June of 2013. Our office had recently begun what we call the “COD Giving Ways” initiative and decided to make RMH a part of this effort. How did you hear about or get involved with the Family Dinner Program? A couple of our staff members hold a deep personal connection with the Ronald McDonald House. Providing meals on an ongoing basis gives us the opportunity to involve all of our staff over time. The Ronald McDonald House clearly matched our desire to have an opportunity of a more personal means of giving to others. What is your favorite thing about participating with the Family Dinner Program? It can be overlooked, but we really enjoy being able to work together in a different setting other than our own clinic. It allows us to see our co-workers in a different environment and strengthens our working relationships we have with one another.

honor to serve you tonight, sir.” After that evening we decided to make that phrase a part of every dinner we serve and had it monogrammed onto our aprons. Other Comments There is something somewhat extraordinary to the overall setting of the Ronald McDonald House. Maybe it is the thought of children being afflicted with medical problems at such a young age. Or whether it’s the warm and inviting facilities guests come in to; yet the guests have contrasting realities of such heartache and emotion in which to deal with in the present. No matter the reason – providing for the guests of the Ronald McDonald House unlocks the true beauty and the power of giving to another in need. You give to another person, which will never likely have the chance to pay you back.

June 7 Marli Sims June 8 Ashley Miller Ashlee Robinson June 10 Vivian Carissimo June 12 Hannah Major June 15 Laura Harrelson Mary Kline June 17 Dani Peterson

June 19 Heather Cottle-Dillon June 21 Seth Murray June 25 Marita Pemberton June 26 Dave Canfield

May Dinner Groups

June 27 Marion Kraemer

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH Hulston Cancer Center Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Joanna Weitzel Julie Pappenfort Just Friends Knights of Columbus Knights Templar Little Caesars & The Clotfelter Family Marshfield First Baptist Junior High Sunday School Nancy Littrell Nixa Bridge Church

June 3 Katelyn Sullivan Clayton Schwinke

June 18 Rachel Schmeling

Do you have any favorite memories? One evening we had just finished serving a meal and some of the houseguests were sitting outside on the front porch. As we were leaving one of the guests said, “Thank you for the meal – it sure was good.” A member of our team stated, “It was an

Aubree Good & Family Betsy’s Precious Pals Cantina Laredo Cox Developmental Care Team Crighton, Olive & Dunn Surgical Group Eastside General Baptist Church Eldon Combs Evergreen Baptist Church Gina McClanahan Glendale Christian Church Hillcrest Presbyterian Home Depot

June Birthdays

Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance Oak Grove Assembly of God Second Baptist Church SRC Community Relations Committee The Girlfriends Union Hill Church of Christ Walmart of Nixa

June 28 Lauryn Allison June 30 Brenda Havens

Open Dinner Dates: June- 28, 29

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AT MERCY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Battlefield United Methodist Church The Clotfelter Family and Little Caesar’s The Cramer Family Drury Volunteer Corps East Sunshine Church of Christ Mychelle Eckels Faith Baptist Church Famous Dave’s Mercy Central Access Mercy Corporate Health and Wellness Mercy Imaging Mercy Marian Center

Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Mercy PSSR Louise Morgan MSU Kentwood Hall Brian & Kylie Powers Ramada Oasis Campus Community Outreach Network Springfield Catholic Thursday Night Thunder Tiffany Orellana Turning Point Church United Healthcare

Union Hill Church of Christ Wellington Hills Friends Open Dinner Dates: June 13, 19, 21, 24, 28, 29


Wish List

Around the House

HAPPY WHEELS WISH LIST Small bottles of lotion Mini hand sanitizers Activity books (crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word finder) Travel manicure sets Chapstick Individual packs of Kleenex Individually-packaged snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, Teddy Grahams, gum, mints, Lifesavers, etc.) Small packs of crayons for the activity books 12-ounce water bottles

HOUSE AT MERCY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HE Laundry detergent Swiffer liquid Coffee filters Coffee & tea Magic Erasers Labels for food Drink mixes Hygiene products Gallon-size Ziploc bags Laundry baskets Aluminum foil

HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH 8-gallon trash bags Laundry baskets Individually wrapped breakfast items White king sheets (fitted and flat) White standard-size pillowcases White bath & hand towels White wash cloths Detergent Stamps 8 1/2 x 11 Paper


Marcee Binder of Independence, KS and her mother, Marsha Carter of Chanute, KS contacted the Ronald McDonald House in April for volunteer opportunities. Marcee shared that she is a United Methodist pastor serving two small rural churches in Southeast Kansas and her mother is retired. Sadly, in December, Marcee’s father passed away from cancer. Following his death, Marcee and her mother made it their mission to honor his legacy by volunteering in different places when they leave town, just as he did when he traveled while in the military. Marcee and Marsha chose to volunteer at the House at Mercy Children’s Hospital—from the moment they arrived they brought about a cheery atmosphere to the House! While volunteering at the House, they chose to bake cookies because “life is always better with a cookie!” Following their cookie baking adventure, they generously provided a donation to support our newly-launched Happy Wheels program. Pictured are Marcee and Marsha with their basket of goodies for the families as well as items to support the Happy Wheels program—tissues, individual snacks, crayons, as well as Walmart gift cards to purchase additional items. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Marcee and Marsha and having them bring a little bit of sunshine to the House at Mercy. Hugs were definitely shared upon their departure! From the families, staff, and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital—thank you for sharing your time with us!

Welcome to the House, Melanie Ward

We welcome Melanie Ward as the newest Assistant Manager at Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital. She is currently attending Ozarks Technical Community College with plans to transfer to Evangel University next year to complete her bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, browsing through Pinterest, and playing with her Yorkipoo, Max. She also works part time as a floral designer at Flowerama. She has been a long-time friend with Amber Campbell, fellow Assistant Manager at Mercy. We welcome you to our RMHC family, Melanie!


Volunteer Spotlight Debbie Williams first started volunteering with Ronald McDonald House in 1997 and rejoined our volunteer team at the House at Mercy Children’s Hospital when it opened in November 2012. Her many years of service with RMH began when she learned about the organization at a community service fair at Drury University. She stopped by our booth, picked up a brochure, and the rest is history! Debbie’s favorite aspect of volunteering is meeting families and visiting with them as they share their stories. For those thinking about

volunteering with RMH, she says this: “Definitely get involved! Helping provide a ‘home away from home’ for families is so satisfying and gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve helped them during their stay.” Debbie has been married for 40 years and has three children and four grandchildren. She loves playing grandma! She retired from Springfield Public Schools a couple of years ago and now works part time for Mercy Hospital to stay active. Debbie’s hobbies include biking, walking, dancing, flower

Staff Stuff

gardening, drinking coffee and talking with friends, and baking cookies. Ronald McDonald House has been immensely blessed to have Debbie as a part of the team over the last 17 years. Thank you for your dedicated and caring service, Debbie!

At the end of June, Morgan Jensen, long-time Assistant Manager will be leaving behind Springfield, MO to start a new adventure in Frisco, Texas (north Dallas area)! Morgan and her husband will be starting a Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Texas. She started working for the House as an Assistant Manager in April of 2008. Although she has MANY great memories from the House over the past six years, her favorite is working with volunteers in preparation of the annual Homes Tour event. Thank you for your years of service to the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities! You will be missed.

We would also like to thank Angela Hammond for her service to the House near Cox South. Angela graduated in May from Missouri State University and has accepted a fulltime position at Midwest Family Broadcasting. She has been working as an Assistant Manager since February of 2012. She is excited to start her new career and settle into her new home. Angela hopes to soon bring her kids by to start their volunteer experience at the House. We look forward to seeing you around the House, Angela! Randi Villines began her journey with Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2011 as a volunteer with the Tooth Truck. By January 2012, Randi transitioned from serving as a volunteer to joining our team as an Assistant Manager at the House near Cox South Hospital. She graduated this past May with her associate degree and has accepted a position working as a scribe at Cox Hospital. We look forward to welcoming Randi back the House as a volunteer after her June wedding! Thank you for your service to our families and children, Randi!

Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH STATS April 2014 Families Served ....... 51 Nights .................. 182 Families from Missouri .................44 Families from Other States ..............7 Year-To-Date Families Served ..... 136 Program-to-Date Families Served .. 8,649

HOUSE AT MERCY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL STATS April 2014 Families Served .......68 Nights .................. 275 Families from Missouri .................65 Families from Other States ..............3 Year-To-Date Families Served ..... 201 Program-to-Date Families Served ..... 654


Heart of the Truck Megan Blake Chelsea Carroll Sarah Hansen Linda Heslin Taylor Klingenberg Kayla Maples Connie McCarter Nick Moore Ashley Robinson Cody Sullivan McKenzie Swan Clayton Schwinke Gina Wyland

Tooth Talk School Year Wrap Up As the Tooth Truck wraps up another great school year, we want to take a look back at some of our achievements: We started the year at Pipkin Middle School back in August. It is always one of our busiest schools and this year was no different. During our stay, we had the opportunity to treat 66 students and provided treatment for a dollar value of $39,500. What a great start to the school year! Since visiting Pipkin, we have been on the move. While spending the majority of our time in Springfield, we have also had the opportunity to extend our services to students in Clever, Billings, Republic, and Willard schools. These outlying communities always go above and beyond to welcome us and extend a helping hand. All together, the Tooth Truck stopped at 33 different

school sites providing nearly 1,500 children with dental treatment valued at $760,718. The amazing Tooth Truck staff provides quality dentistry while also making a lasting impression on each and every child we meet. What an incredible accomplishment! As the school year comes to a close, we want to express our appreciation to our incredible partners who help keep us running smoothly. Their commitment to helping us fulfill our mission ensures our ongoing success: All of the incredible School Nurses Chris and Adam Griffen of A&J Power Systems Keith Harp of Harps RV Kent Ward of Ward Conciliation Bob and Felicia with Patterson Dental

VOLUNTEER TIP OF THE MONTH Handy Household Tip of the Month Submitted by House volunteer, Sandy Morris


Use fabric softener sheets to clean your baseboards. Dryer sheets will neutralize static charge and allow you to pick up more dust and pet hair. They also work great for dusting venetian blinds.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of the Ozarks

15th Annual

April 2014

Rock’n Ribs

The Springfield Rotary Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival was held May 9th10th at the Ozark Empire Fairground. This HUGE annual tradition raises much-needed funding for children’s charities right here in the Ozarks! Some highlights from this year’s event include the best BBQ sampling of the year with over 75 teams competing, live music, a motorcycle show, a children’s area, a Texas Hold’em Tourney, pie eating contest and tours of the Tooth Truck. ALL monies raised stay local and are divided between Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, Ozark Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Harmony House, The Ozarks Regional YMCA, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (The “Tooth Truck”). This event and its success are NOT possible without over 900 volunteers! Here are just a few of the amazing faces that helped on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities: Adrienne McCoy, Karen Taylor, Marion Kraemer, Anne Schubert, Cole Booth, Evelyn Close, Jan Dooley, Cliff Ricketts, Debbie Williams, Sandy Morris, Lauren Fussell, George Schlick, Judy Weekley, Kay Prost, Kennedy Keller, Sam Clifton, Heather Cottle-Dillon, Larry Meinsen, Sandy McNeive, Johnny Anderson, Randy Slocum, Debbie Slocum, TJ Slocum, Jessi Hummer, Carri Hummer, Kayley Barnes, Britney Balhoun, Linda Heslin, Chelsea Carol, Jason Carol & Micah Scott. Thank YOU for giving your time at this year’s Rock’n Ribs event!!

Tooth Truck Wish List Children’s DVDs Super Hero Themed Toys Toy Cars McDonald’s Toys Small Stuffed Animals Small Footballs, Baseballs, etc. Coloring Books Hair Accessories

Children Who Received Treatment: Boys & Girls Town Early Childhood School Portland Schools Republic Schools Shady Dell School Willard Schools

STAFF Program Director Mindy Muñoz General Dentist Dr. Sarah Cimino Temporary Dentists Dr. Bill Brell Pediatric Dentist Dr. Aaron Dannegger Dr. Randi Green

MRS. C’S RECIPES Turkey Chili (Makes 4 Servings)

2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 cup diced onions ½ cup diced green bell peppers 2 cloves garlic (minced) 10 ounces ground turkey 1 tablespoon of flower 2 cups of crushed canned tomatoes 4 ounces of canned kidney beans 2 tablespoons of chili powder 1 can of chicken broth 1½ ounces of shredded cheddar cheese

Children Treated ... 179 Dental Appointments Provided............... 367 Year-to-Date Dental Appointments .... 1,274 Program-to-Date Dental Appointments ... 40,263 Program-to-Date Value of Treatments ...$9,387,421

President & CEO Bonnie Keller Office Manager Emma Davis Enjoy wonderful recipes provided by Mrs. Vivian Carissimo, also known as Mrs. C.

In a saucepan, heat oil and add onions and green peppers. Sprinkle with flour and combine remaining ingredients except the cheese. Reduce heat and stir and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Add cheddar cheese when serving.

Dental Assistants Megan Lambert Kim Otradovec Part-Time Dental Assistant Whitney Bingle Kristi Terry


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949 E. Primrose Street


Price Cutter

Charity Championship It’s the Silver Anniversary of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper at Highland Springs Country Cub! This great annual Tour event is August 1st through 11th. The Ronald McDonald House has been a beneficiary since the inception of this event, providing nearly $1,039,522 in support to our organization alone. More than half of the annual funding we receive through this event is from The Marlin Network Charitable Fund CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES. This year, the program features 500 prizes, giving each Sweepstakes ticketholder a 1 in 20 chance to win a prize. Prizes range from a 2014 Ford Mustang, $10,000 cash prize, and (500) $25 gift certificates. The 10,000 Sweepstakes tickets are available NOW for $25 each. Onehundred-percent of your gift will benefit the children and families of our two Ronald McDonald Houses. This Sweepstakes ticket also serves as a grounds season pass for the tournament, granting you free admission. Buy your tickets TODAY and help spread the word! Our goal is to exceed last year’s record sales of 950 tickets. They will make a fantastic FATHER’S DAY GIFT! You can purchase tickets by contacting Kim Booth at 417-875-3505 or! For your convenience, we have included a flyer for ticket purchases in this newsletter. Be sure to check out our next issue of Heart Beats for details about the Ronald McDonald House Community Nights, August 1st-3rd at Ashley Furniture HomeStore, featuring a special offer related to our Sweepstakes Tickets!

Our Families Thank You

We enjoy reading the wonderful thank you notes we receive from families staying at the Houses and want to share some of their kind words with you. Their stays are made easier because of each and every volunteer and donor who supports the Ronald McDonald Houses. Thank you for making a difference in our families’ lives!

This was the most awesome gift we have ever received. Thank you for having us. You guys are awesome! I enjoyed my stay and I’m very THANKFUL FOR YOU! Everything was great! You guys do some truly amazing things for all the families! You made a difficult visit much easier and more comfortable – just like home!

It was such a relief and a huge burden was lifted to have some place close to my baby in the NICU to be able to go to for showers or to get some rest without leaving the building or driving an hour home. This is truly an amazing program and such a blessing. God bless you all!

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Help Us Raise Additional Dollars for Ronald McDonald House® of the Ozarks! (Two locations in Springfield!)


Charities Sweepstakes $25 Per Ticket (Only 10,000 Available)

Ticket Includes: • Admission to all four tournament days, August 7th – August 10th • A one in 20 chance to win 125 daily prizes (valued at $25), August 7th – August 10th • A one in 10,000 chance to win a 2014 Ford Mustang or $10,000 cash

2014 Sweepstakes Season Pass

(Will be mailed to the address listed below)

2014 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe!

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Heart Beats Newsletter, June 2014  

A monthly newsletter for volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc.

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