Area service organizations unite to benefit Ronald McDonald House

All proceeds went towards landscaping at Ronald McDonald house.

WEBB CITY, Mo.–Members of the Ronald McDonald House, Joplin Rotary and Joplin High School FFA were out in Webb City cooking to benefit the non-profit.

“All the proceeds today from our event go 100% to the landscaping at Ronald McDonald house,” said Annette Thurston, Executive Director for the Ronald McDonald Charities of the Four States.

Farmers market attendees could purchase a meal of biscuits and gravy, to benefit the non-profit. It’s something the Ronald McDonald house takes part in every year, with the help of other area organizations. It’s why the Joplin Rotary Club felt they wanted to help serve.

“They wouldn’t be able to complete the mission that they’ve got at the Ronald McDonald house if they didn’t get help in the community. We’re always looking for charities that need our help,” said Jake Scobey, a member of the Joplin Daybreak Rotary. 

Joplin FFA members like Cierra Bebee were also there to help, and said she learned valuable skills along the way.

“We like helping our community and helping our peers around us. So this is something we enjoy doing…there are a lot of people that realize that we are here and I just gain that. we can always put a smile on people’s faces,” Bebee said.

And the Ronald McDonald house is there to help them grow in that passion to serve.

“FFA is all about service, but it’s also about leadership. and that servant leadership is what the Ronald McDonald House really fosters and develops. So as they grow and become the young people and the adults that they’re going to be, we really look at FFA working with us,” Thurston said.

Bebee said the experience taught her lessons in helping their community.

“Helps us help our community and know that we are here no matter the circumstances that there is.”