On March 30, the Ronald McDonald House went to Holtville. The purpose was to fill the size 13 red shoes Ronald wears and to share information about Ronald’s house with the Holtville Rotary.
We had volunteers from New Creations, the delightful Christina and Margarita, several of the men from Turning Point Ministries led by Luis Barajas, firemen from the Holtville fire station and Liz, the irrepressible Mary Helen Dollente and Dana Hines Galarte from the Chamber of Commerce.
Our Ronald McDonald House was delivered by the crew from Torrance Farm Implement in Heber, George’s Pizza kept us going with their delicious pizza, the Holtville Tribune took pictures, Sandy Camarillo from RMH in San Diego and last but not least Jan Hester and Jo Ann Weissman.
Sandy Camarillo, the chief operating officer for Ronald McDonald House, San Diego, Jo Ann Weissman and Andrea Martinez were guests of the Holtville Rotary Club. A short video was shown and Jo Ann introduced Andrea Martinez to share some of her experiences with RMH while her two sons were hospitalized at Rady’s Children Hospital. Sandy then explained the services provided and the volunteers who keep RMH running. The program ended with a little information from Jo Ann and the comment, “Gentlemen you have three women asking for money, does that sound familiar?” The Rotarians were very generous with over $300 being given that very day. Thank you, Rotarians.
Now back to the intersection at Fifth and Holt where all the action is taking place. Volunteers with Red Shoes are in all four intersections collecting donations and doing very well. Cars, 18-wheelers, pickups and electric cart drivers were being asked to donate to the Ronald McDonald House by filling the red shoes with pennies, nickels, dimes and currency. We collected $1,465 in bills and probably another $35 to $40 in coins.
Thank you Holtville, you are truly 14 karats.