April 2016  Ragan's HOPE  Newsletter
In This Issue

The following helped with and/or donating to our Easter project - 

-First Baptist Church of Allen
     in Allen, TX 

-Wonderland Montessori 
      in McKinney, TX

St. Ignatious Syrian Orthodox      
     in Carrollton, TX

-Samsung Corporate Headquarters
      in Dallas, TX

- Glenda Inman
      in Witchita Falls, TX

- Steve Merckx
      in Houston, TX

- Pierson Orthodotics
in San Antonio, TX

- Jason and Ragan Smith 
       in Santa Rosa, FL

 - Lake Norman Pain & Weight management 
       in Mooresville, NC
-  Woodland Heights elementary (Kindergarten classess of Ms. Pate,Ms. Thaxton, Ms. Miller, Ms. Imer, & Ms. Finan )
      in Mooresville, NC

- FBC Covington Women's Ministry
      in Covington, LA 

And a BIG thank you to Terry Waldrum, Kenten Waldrum and the staff of Sign Outpost in Irving for allowing us to use your facilities once again!

R agan's HOPE was able to bless a family with a baby shower and the following helped with and/or donated items:

- Elegant Cakery for providing cake

- Cris Conely for providing food 

- Vicki Kettler for providing paper goods and decorations  

You are valued and appreciated!  
Upcoming events:


4/13 - Top Golf Corporate employees Volunteer Project day - Dallas, TX

4/17 - Area Team Lead Conference Call

4/17 - Enrichment Session
7:00pm, DFW area - Red Robin. Outside DFW, Skype in, contact stacy.penland@raganshope.com
 for details

4/23 - EAST TEXAS 
FREE Family Movie event -
(for the families of 
Ragan's HOPE)
 11:00am - Jungle Book
 for information and reservations contact Melissa Youngman

4/30 - Executive Leadership Meeting


TBD - Connection and Visitation Team Gathering 

TBD - Card Team Conference Call

5/4 - Ronald McDonald House dinner - Ft Worth

5/14 - Area Team Lead Conference Call

5/20 - Ronald McDonald House dinner - Dallas

We need YOU to "Give a Hand" at Ronald McDonald House!  Ragan's HOPE will be providing and serving dinner at BOTH Dallas and Ft. Worth locations in May!  If you would like to serve and/or donate food, please contact stacy.penland@raganshope.com. 

Please help the families that we support make "cents" of their lives by giving yours!  To make a financial donation, visit 

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Ragan's HOPE
PO Box 192705
Dallas, Texas 75219
The Ragan's HOPE Easter project was, once again, a wonderful success!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to ALL of the Volunteers in all the different areas for assembling, donating and delivering!  We couldn't do this without YOU!  The families are so very appreciative and it certainly "takes a load off" of them!
East Texas
                      Wichita Falls, TX                       

Partner News:

In addition to providing Easter bins, baskets or bags to the families we support, our team in Louisiana was able to provide to three different children's hospitals, and Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans.  In North Carolina, the team put together a whopping 175 baskets and after delivering to the Ragan's HOPE families, provided Easter baskets to EVERY child at Levine Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. 

Louisiana Area Team Lead, Kelsey, 
delivering to one of the hospitals!
North Carolina Team who assembled 
175 baskets!

Way to go!!! 
Recipe of the month:


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs total)*
  • 2 cups favorite salsa
Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker and cover with salsa. Toss until the chicken is covered.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6-8 hours), or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker and toss with the remaining salsa and juices until well-mixed. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. (This chicken also freezes well.)

Serve on flour or corn tortillas

Optional topping ideas:
sour cream
shredded cheese
sliced avocado
lime / lemon juice
jalapeno peppers
sliced mango 
black beans


Submitted by: Stacy Penland


Do you know of a family that we could support or someone who would like to volunteer?  Please visit www.raganshope.org !