Like/Dislike with Amber Gaines, Ronald McDonald House volunteer manager
Dec 23, 2013 | 11:29 AM
The Christmas season is (er, should be) all about giving to your fellow man. Amber Gaines, 28, helps others give back every day of the year.
The Dundalk native, who now lives in Bel Air, is the volunteer manager at the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, connecting volunteers with opportunities to assist in the House (you can find more information about volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House at rmhcbaltimore.org). The Ronald McDonald House, which serves as a home where seriously ill children can stay with their families while they receive treatment, embodies the Christmas spirit 365 days a year.
"The Ronald McDonald House is a home and a respite for families who are going through the unimaginable circumstances," said Gaines. "It's a place where they can feel loved and safe during through their journey."
It's not just the spirit in the Ronald McDonald House that makes Christmas time so special — it is the kindness from those outside the facility. "My inbox and voice mail are flooded every day with people wanting to donate their time and funds to bring joy to the families staying with us," Gaines said. "It's a beautiful thing to witness." Before she joins in on the Christmas festivities, Gaines spoke with us about her love of Justin Timberlake, her hypochondriac tendencies and her favorite part of working at the Ronald McDonald House.
Worst pet peeve? Bad Manners. I feel it shows lack of respect.