“This is when she had the idea to see if East Lincoln would be willing to start a club to serve at the RMH,” her mother continued. “She suggested the idea to Principal Marybeth Avery, who thought it was a great idea and told Taylor to find a teacher to head the club. This is the part of the story that shows this club was meant to be: Taylor met East Lincoln High School teacher Cassie MacLeod. Cassie told Taylor she would love to run the student organization, because she already volunteered on a regular basis at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte!”
Soon, MacLeod and Miss Crates came up with the name “Hands of Hope” for the student organization. And after some fundraising to pay for food ingredients and supplies, the club was up and running.
“This club has been embraced by the faculty and students at East Lincoln and has even branched out to students volunteering from other schools,” Mrs. Crates informed. “The club has been serving monthly at the Ronald McDonald House in several ways. They make cookies at the house one Sunday every month. They bake them fresh at the house and serve them to guests and package them for guests to eat later. In addition to the cookie-baking, they have also added making complete breakfasts at the house once a month. On the first Sunday of the month, they make a full homemade breakfast and serve it to the guests staying at the house.
“This has been such a rewarding experience for these teens,” she added. “Through interactions at the RMH, they have learned a lot about serving others and have showed such compassion for the children and families living daily with severe medical conditions. Although Taylor is a senior, she is positive that this club will continue in the future, as so many students and parents have become committed to it. It is wonderful to see these teens representing Lincoln County in such a positive way!”
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