May 2016  Ragan's HOPE  Newsletter
In This Issue
        Happy Mother's Day!
To all the ladies who have kids AND to those ladies who help support, raise and nurture kids in any way!

   Happy Nurses week  to so many      who mean SO much to all of us!!
Exciting news!

Jen Cook accepted the check from the Rose City Chili Cook off and was told that not only was this the largest check ever given, but that Ragan's HOPE has already been chosen as the charity for NEXT YEAR!  Wow!!!
Upcoming events:


5/10 - Mother's Day

5/6 - 5/12 - National Nurses Week

5/13 - Samsung Volunteer project

5/14 - Area Team Lead Conference Call

5/20 - Ronald McDonald House
Dallas, TX

5/21 - Junior rodeo
736 Mulberry St.
Jacksonville, TX
Lots of fun for the kiddos! for participation forms

5/22 - EAST TEXAS 
Volunteer Appreciation event
contact Area Volunteer Coordinator, 
Jen Cook at for details

Volunteer View:

Libby Benton
East Texas
                                Libby and Cory
Words from Jen Cook, 
East Texas Area Volunteer Coordinator:

Any and every time I have asked for volunteers Libby Benton has stepped up, and brought help with her.
She has served, provided supplies and is very engaged.  HOWEVER, Libby is not just a Ragan's Hope Volunteer, she is also Cory's mother, so she not only takes care of Cory and the rest of her family, she helps take care of our East Texas  families as well! Libby (and her daughter, Janelle) set-up and worked an information table at  the "Cowgirls Get Together" at Green Acres Baptist Church in February. In March, Libby served at the chili cook-off and she helped assemble Easter baskets with her daughter Gracie, and made deliveries. Libby is always generous, loaning table and chairs, table cloth, and providing bowls of candy!

A BIG Ragan's HOPE thank you to you, Libby!!!
Do you know of a family that we could support or someone who would like to volunteer?  Please visit !
Ragan's HOPE
PO Box 192705
Dallas, Texas 75219
Thank you to those who made financial contributions for the Taco Bar that was served at the Ft. Worth Ronald McDonald House on May 4th and thank you to the volunteers who served!  
Pattie, Tracy and Hannah serving

Next RMH opportunity:
Friday, May 20th
Dallas, TX
Dinner: Taco Bar

 To make donations:
To serve:

Partnership News:
A BIG thank you to Top Golf for providing, and assembling 192 activity packets for our partners!  Dan Watson, Director of Partnership Development, delivered the packets to Scottish Rite, Children's Health - Dallas, Our Children's House, and Ronald McDonald House - Dallas. They were thrilled to receive!

A note from Dan...
Thanks to our amazing leadership, partnerships and volunteer teams who worked to make sure Easter items were delivered to area families, hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and other organizations.
We are grateful for the many organizations who sponsor events, helping support families in each area we service. 
Ragan's HOPE, is consistently receiving request from our partners nationwide for additional information cards to provide to families.  This means that families have a source to which they can turn, if needed.
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And, thanks to you, 
DAN WATSON, for doing such an amazing job developing and nurturing our partnerships!!!
Recipe of the month:



4 lg Russet potatoes
½ cup milk
1 stick butter
1 tsp black ground pepper
½ tsp sea salt (or reg salt)
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Garlic powder
8 oz Velveeta Cheese OR 
 6 - 7 slices of American


1. Peel and slice potatoes into ½ inch thickness.  
2. Place potatoes into a 3 quart saucepan and bring to boil.  
3. Turn heat to med setting and allow to cook until tender.  
4. Drain potatoes; add milk and butter.  
5. Whip with wire whisk until
6. Add in pepper, salt, paprika, and garlic powder
7. Add in 6 - 7 slices of American Cheese OR 8 oz of Velveeta and stir until cheese is well combined with potatoes.


Submitted by: 
Dan Watson

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