Volunteer Spotlight: Sandi Mauger

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Sandi Mauger has been serving RMHC families for more than 20 years

Sandi Mauger began volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis 20 years ago when the Park Avenue location opened. Sandi was first introduced to RMHC because her husband, Rick, was working for Coca-Cola, one of RMHC’s national donors. Sandi, Rick, and their daughter, Ellen, prepared Thanksgiving dinner at the House every year until 2010 when the West County House opened, and they moved their culinary talents to our Creve Coeur location. Throughout the years, Sandi and her family have shared Thanksgiving dinner with hundreds of families, making many wonderful memories along the way.

Five years ago, Sandi decided she wanted to do more to help RMHC and its guest families, so she began volunteering in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy Children’s Hospital every other week. In addition to these Tuesday shifts from 3-6 p.m., Sandi also fills in as needed, helping to make sure the Family Room stays open to help as many families as possible. But her good work doesn’t stop there – Sandi also donates her time and talent to Mercy Children’s Hospital in the Child Life department once a week.

Interacting with children and their families is one of Sandi’s favorite aspects of volunteering. She has formed friendships with families over the years and even recalls one mother in particular who visited the Family Room frequently and eventually invited Sandi to meet her newborn baby, Mark, in the NICU.

“I think sometimes people just want you to ask how their day is going,” she says.

Sandi also takes pride in providing a calm, comfortable place where a patient’s parents, grandparents, siblings and more can get away from the clinical atmosphere of the hospital, all just steps away from their child. Whether a family is in need of a hot shower, laundry facilities, a cup of coffee, or a quick snack, the Family Room is there to help.

“It gives them a little bit of a break from the same four walls,” says Sandi. “Anything that will provide some relief, we are happy to do.”

We are so grateful to Sandi and more than 300 fellow Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteers who help us keep these very special spaces open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year! Because of their service, we anticipate serving more than 12,000 families in our three Family Rooms this year.