Should I or Shouldn’t I
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area hosted its annual soiree for volunteers this evening. The event was held at the 935 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT location. I was sitting in my car, just before the event, debating whether to attend or head for home. It had been a long day; I was tired, and I wasn’t in the mood for a dinner party. However, I was prompted to attend, and so I did.
I reunited with a former student and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The conversation was great as well as the food and entertainment. Also, these associations helped me remember why we sacrifice our time in the service of others.
I was visiting with Mike, one of my counterparts, when no other than Mandy Ferguson walks through the door. She takes a second look at me, and says, “Mr. C, what are you doing here?” Mandy was a former student of mine five or six years ago as a fifth and sixth-grader. Mandy volunteers on Saturday afternoons while also working on her associate’s degree at Weber State University as a senior at Woods Cross High School. Not only is she one of the most accomplished and outstanding young women I’ve had the good fortune to know, but she was also the best all-around student I’ve had since beginning my teaching career.
We reminisced all evening about various “incidences” that took place in my classroom. We talked about Mandy’s plans for the future and her family’s well-being. Her parents not only did an exceptional job raising her but all of her siblings as well. By the way, her look in the picture is the same look I used to get when she was my student… that look of “Really Mr. C?”
I would also like to give a “shout out” to my supervisor Kacie Pecor… she is a very pleasant individual and is one of the most gracious people I know. I enjoy working for her as a volunteer and hope to do so for a long time to come.
Kacie does a commendable job running the Ronald McDonald House at the Primary Children’s Hospital location, and I look forward to seeing her every Thursday evening. She takes a lot of pride in her work and always goes the extra mile to keep things running smoothly and orderly. Kacie consistently goes out of her way to make all of us volunteers feel appreciated. Thanks for all you do Kacie!
In closing, I would feel remiss if I didn’t encourage everyone reading this post to consider becoming a volunteer for RMHC. I’ve been involved in a number of charities and honestly have to say, that as far as making a real difference for families and individuals needing help at a most critical and vulnerable time in their lives, there are few better organizations to become involved! If interested, you can get more information by going HERE.