In This Issue:


Volunteer Information Session for Teens
January 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Volunteer Information Session for Adults
January 20, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Volunteer Information Session for Adults
February 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here.

House Party! Fundraising Gala
March 14, 2015
Save the Date. More information coming in January. Stay tuned!
Click the image to read an online version of the 2013 Annual Report. In it you will find information about House programs and services, lists of individual, corporate, and foundation donors, a statement of financial activity, and more.

Dear Friend of the House,


The holiday season is in full swing-Santa's workshop is open for parents to select gifts for their children, trees are decorated, and lights twinkle and shine throughout the House. Soon, presents will be eagerly unwrapped by little hands and all will gather with family and friends to bid a fond farewell to 2014 as we look forward to beginning a new year.


Before we embrace the exciting opportunities awaiting us in 2015, I invite you to look back on the many and profound accomplishments we have already achieved over the last couple of years. With your help, support, and dedication, we are now on track to vastly increase our capacity to provide a home-away-from-home and extend our ever-growing outreach programs to families with critically ill children in our community and beyond.


To illustrate this forward momentum, the 2013 Annual Report is available to read online. This report details the program and financial activities in 2013 that provided the foundation for all we have accomplished this year. We intend to follow this report with a 2014 Annual Report in the coming months.


While we pause to reflect on past achievements, I am continuously impressed by how you--donors, volunteers, and community partners--have pulled together to help provide a safe and supportive environment for every family who can benefit from the services we have to offer. Your combined generosity, dedication, and partnership gives families caring for a critically ill child the greatest gift of all: the gift of togetherness.


On their behalf, I thank you and wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


With warm regards,





Annette Eros

Chief Executive Officer 

Veteran house volunteer and donor Cindy Summers
For 22 years Cynthia (Cindy) Summers has contributed her considerable talents, enthusiasm, and energy to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Having held practically every House volunteer position possible-including president and vice president of the Board of Directors, volunteer coordinator, and special events chair-Cindy's wealth of knowledge about the House and its operations has been greatly appreciated by staff, volunteers, and most of all the countless children and families who have benefited from her warmth, generosity, and kindness. Read more.

Every year, the spirit of giving takes hold as numerous individuals and groups donate hundreds of toys and gifts for the families staying at the House during the holidays. These donations help ensure that every family experiences a bit of holiday joy even while they are away from their own homes. 


All of us at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford offer our sincere gratitude to everyone supporting the Wishing Tree program this year. Your generosity and compassion for our mission truly helps make Ronald McDonald House at Stanford a home away from home for families during the holidays. Thank you!



Donations to The Wishing Tree will be accepted at the House until December 24, 2014. For more information, please contact Erica Lee, program coordinator at or 650.470.6011. 

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 current opportunities to help families staying at the House feel at home.


At Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, we rely on the generosity of donors in our community to help provide much-needed funds, goods, and services for critically ill children and families.


Current special donation opportunities (click the title for more information):
Every year, support from individuals, corporations, and foundations provide 85 percent of the House operating revenue. These important gifts help the House continue to offer impactful services to families in need. Please consider making a donation today.

Your gift can bring holiday joy to families and children residing at the House during the holidays. Donations are being accepted up until December 24 every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the House. We are in special need of the following items:

    • Gift cards
    • Bicycles
    • Xbox, or other video game consoles and games
    • Family 4-pack outings to local restaurants or activities

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. 

Are you interested in becoming a regular House volunteer in 2015? Sign up for an hour-long information session that includes a brief House tour and learn more about how you can help support families with critically ill children. Adults sign up here. Teens ages 16 and above sign up here.
*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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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.