In This Issue:

Dear Friend of the House,


The holiday season is in full swing here at our House with festive lights, shiny ornaments, stockings, and wreaths. However, the most evident indication of the holiday season is the warm smiles of the generous volunteers and donors that visit and do their part to spread holiday cheer to our families.


The holiday spirit inspires us to treat others with kindness and compassion. There is a natural response to love and kindness - our moods brighten and positivity emanates. At the House we experience a special kind of magic that stems from the goodness of others and provides our families additional comfort and hope. Strangers come together and become friends. Neighbors provide gifts of food, toys, and supplies. Others share their talents, including holiday crafts, music, and song. 


There are countless ways to demonstrate warmth and compassion to help make difficult days better for our families. It is inspiring to witness the generosity of our community this time of year and to talk to parents that are incredibly appreciative of the support they receive from complete strangers.


On behalf of our families and staff, we appreciate your contributions that truly make a difference and mean so much to our families. We can't do it without you!


From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry holiday season and happy New Year.




Annette Eros

Chief Executive Officer 

Home for the Holidays - Sam and Krystal's Story
Samantha Hong and her daughter Krystal
Last April, in the middle of night, Samantha drove her 13-year-old daughter Krystal, who was doubled over in pain from a severe stomachache and having difficulty breathing, to the nearest 24 hour clinic. Unsatisfied with the diagnosis of a simple bladder infection, Samantha took Krystal to a local ER for a second opinion. Just a few hours later, tests revealed a definitive diagnosis of Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

ALL is an aggressive and fast-growing form of cancer. With ALL, cancer cells replace the normal blood cells produced in the bone marrow and other areas of the body.  


"I was in shock when I learned about Krystal's cancer," says Samantha, a single mother of two. "I could not stop crying and thought that our world was falling apart. I didn't know anything about ALL, or where to turn and what I should or could do."

Read more.

Southwest Airlines - 16 Years of Thanksgiving
Wayne Campbell and members of the
Southwest Airlines volunteer team.

For the past 16 years, Wayne Campbell, provisioning manager for Southwest Airlines at San Jose airport, and volunteer organizer extraordinaire, has synchronized a small army of Southwest Airline employee volunteers to serve a pre-Thanksgiving feast at our House.


"We do this because we realize that every family staying at Ronald McDonald House is going through the most unimaginably difficult experience," explains Wayne. "This is our way of telling families 'relax, and let us take care of everything.'" Read more.

News & Events
Mi Pueblo "Home Away From Home" Family Fun Event - Saturday, December 14


What: Special holiday field trip event for families staying at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, sponsored by Mi Pueblo Food Stores.

Where: Mi Pueblo Foods in East Palo Alto: 1731 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

When: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Details: Download the bilingual event flyer (PDF).


Mi Pueblo Food Center, the San Jose based grocery chain offering customers an authentic Latino shopping experience, is sponsoring a special holiday field trip at Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto this coming Saturday. This unique event brings our House families who are away from their homes for the holidays to their favorite Mi Pueblo supermarket destination for an authentic and fun Latino holiday cooking and learning experience. The festivities will include tamale-making, cake-decorating, a visit to the tortilleria, mariachi music, clowns, and more. The event is free and open to the public. 


For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reichanadter, family activities coordinator at or call 650.470.6011.
The Wishing Tree - Now through December 20

There is still time to make a wish come true! 

Are you looking for a way to share the holiday spirit at your business or organization? The Wishing Tree program is a meaningful, fun, and easy way for families, schools, businesses, Scout troops, religious organizations, etc., to support families residing at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.  


Program participants receive paper ornaments that are pre-labeled with gift wishes for teens, babies, kids, parents, and our Happy Wheels cart. Simply return the new, unwrapped gifts along with your donation form to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford before December 20. Your efforts will bring a little extra holiday joy to a family this year!


For more information, please visit The Wishing Tree web page or contact Vannessa Rodriguez, Family Activities Assistant, at or 650.470.6093

Save the Date for Our Groundbreaking Gala - March 22
Introducing House Party! Groundbreaking Gala

We are delighted to announce that our 2014 Gala celebration will take place at the Ronald McDonald House on the site of our expansion on Saturday, March 22.  


To purchase tables/tickets, or inquire about House Party! sponsorship opportunities please contact Stephanie Spees, events and community relations manager, at or call 650.470.6006.

Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

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