Maggie Holton’s lemonade stand to benefit Ronald McDonald House

August 6, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

BARBOURSVILLE - Maggie Holton, the 7-year-old cancer survivor who raised $50,000 last year for a new playground for the Ronald McDonald House, is fundraising once again for yet another project and will have a lemonade stand from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Macy’s in the Huntington Mall.

Macy’s is expected make a contribution toward the project during the event, at 1 p.m.

This time, Holton wants to build an indoor playroom so children staying at the Ronald McDonald House have somewhere to play all year round. She announced her second fundraiser in February, on the one-year anniversary of the playground build.

“I want to create a playroom that is fun for all children who stay here, because I want people to be happy when they’re at Ronald McDonald House,” Holton said in a press release. “I will have lemonade stands and art sales again, to raise money - and I’m a lot better at art now.”

Jaye Toler, director of development for the Ronald McDonald House, said in February the RMH might renovate the current playroom space, but it might also use another area of the building to provide a higher ceiling and more room for the children to play. Wherever it ends up, Maggie is interested in having a garden area to accompany it.

The Ronald McDonald House has started working with an architect and wants to complete the project by the end of the year, but it will take a while to finish.

“We’re looking at different possibilities,” Toler said. “We’re also looking at maybe some more physical activity components because a lot of these children have nervous energy they need to burn off, and if they can’t play on the playground we need to give them something inside that they can do.”

The RMH is actively seeking donations for the playroom. Checks with the memo “Playroom” can be mailed to Ronald McDonald House at 1500 17th St., Huntington, WV 25701.

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