In This Issue:


November 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 
Volunteer Information Session for Teens. Sign up here.
November 16
Team RMH participates in the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey, CA.
Learn more here.

November 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Volunteer Information Session for Adults. Sign up here.



THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in celebrating 40 years of Ronald McDonald Houses. People around the globe posted photos showing their stripes, shared stories, and demonstrated their support for the families and children that call Ronald McDonald House home.

#forRMHC #ShowUsYourStripes #RMHStanford

Autumn has arrived at the House and with the shorter days and chilly evenings comes an increase in activity as we begin to gear up for the holiday season to celebrate family, traditions, and new friends. Beginning with Halloween, every year volunteers and staff pull together to bring the comfort, excitement, and joy of the holidays to families staying at the House, many of whom are far away from their own homes throughout the season.


For children residing at the House, Halloween is more than a fun, candy-filled holiday. The silly and spooky decorations around the House and Halloween-themed activities offer children a much-needed escape from their usual routine of endless hospital and doctor visits, medical procedures, and school work. Thanks to the success of our Halloween costume drive, for a short while these children can leave such cares behind as they transform into powerful super heroes or magical princesses.

House children trick-or-treating Halloween 2013

The holidays remind us that the House is much more than a place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical treatment. The House is truly a community of support--a fact that is especially obvious as the holiday season unfolds and our families are touched by the outpouring of kindness and goodwill from our wonderful volunteers and local community.


There are countless ways for you to show your support, too. From decorating the House to add some holiday flare, gathering friends and coworkers to make a memorable dinner through our Meals for Munchkins program, or enlisting your business or organization to participate in The Wishing Tree, there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and make a real and immediate difference for our families.


I hope that you will share in the gift of togetherness by becoming a part of our extended House family and showing your support--in whatever way is best for you--for the children and families that call the House their home throughout the year.  


With warm regards,





Annette Eros

Chief Executive Officer 

The Wishing Tree
For families with critically ill children staying at the House, the holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year.

Participating in The Wishing Tree program is a wonderful way to support families residing at the House and a meaningful holiday activity for families, schools, businesses, Scout troops, and office celebrations to help provide a home-like holiday experience for House families, many of whom are far away from home.

New, unused, and unwrapped gifts are greatly appreciated. All donations to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford are tax deductible.

For more information please visit or contact Erica Lee, program coordinator at 650.470.6011 or
Virginia Becker and
The Family Album Project

Virginia Becker, House volunteer and photographer for The Family Album project.

Something magical happens in the great room at the House every other Thursday afternoon. Costumes and props appear, curious children gather, and the atmosphere is electrified when the ever-energetic Virginia Becker sets up her mobile photography studio and begins snapping away.


For Virginia, founder of The Family Album Project (FAP), and her husband, Albert, the goal of the four-year-old program extends far beyond providing a fun and engaging afternoon for House families. While entertaining for volunteers and House families alike, FAP is designed to preserve what Virginia sees as a disappearing tradition in the digital age, the physical family portrait.


Read the entire story here.

To learn more about the Family Album Project please visit their website at

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the House please visit

at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can. Here are some available opportunities to help families staying at the House feel at home.



At Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. 


Current volunteer opportunities (click the title for more information or to sign up):


Great for Groups! Our House's "Meals for Munchkins" program ensures that lunch and dinner are provided to families 3-5 days out of any given week.

Right now, we are looking for volunteers to sign up to cook a meal for House famlies during the holidays. Gather your friends, group members, or coworkers and give the gift of a comforting meal to families. They'll appreciate it and you'll have fun, too!

To learn more, please contact Erica Lee, volunteer coordinator at 650.470.6011 or email

Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.

Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. If you have any questions or would like more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.

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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.