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Tools used by volunteers rest on bricks with messages from families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis

Tools used by volunteers rest on bricks with messages from families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis on June 15, 2019. The House accommodates tenants from all over the country, and even families from as far away as Poland or Australia. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Airmen from Scott Air Force Base volunteered at a St. Louis area Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis

Airmen from Scott Air Force Base volunteered at a St. Louis area Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Mo., on June 15, 2019. The Ronald McDonald House is a charity that gives the families of children that need extended medical care a place to stay in the area at little to no cost. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Master Sgt. Johnathan Rias, Air Mobility Command contingency war planning cleans a window inside a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis

Master Sgt. Johnathan Rias, Air Mobility Command contingency war planning cleans a window inside a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Mo., on June 15, 2019. The house has 2 floors and over a dozen rooms that the volunteers from Scott helped clean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Airmen from Scott Air Force Base clean up a flower bed at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis

Airmen from Scott Air Force Base clean up a flower bed at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Mo., on June 15, 2019. The group from Team Scott spent four hours performing housecleaning and landscaping for the charity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Warren, Air Mobility Command intelligence analyst, removes weeds from a flower bed at a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis

Airman 1st Class Jacob Warren, Air Mobility Command intelligence analyst, removes weeds from a flower bed at a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis on June 15, 2019. While their employees work to maintain the house, the help they receive from volunteers provides families staying at the house the best conditions possible. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Warren, Air Mobility Command intelligence analyst, picks weeds at a Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis

Airman 1st Class Jacob Warren, Air Mobility Command intelligence analyst, picks weeds at a Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis on June 15, 2019. Fifteen Airmen from Scott Air Force Base volunteered at a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Missouri to alleviate the workload of the staff. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Master Sgt. Johnathan Rias, Air Mobility Command contingency war planning, picks weeds in front of a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis

Master Sgt. Johnathan Rias, Air Mobility Command contingency war planning, picks weeds in front of a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Mo., on June 15, 2019. The work done by the volunteers was equivalent to 45 hours of work that would have had to be done by the Ronald McDonald House charities’ employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Nick Sipos, 618th Air Operations Center deputy director, picks weeds at a Ronald McDonald House in St Louis

Nick Sipos, 618th Air Operations Center deputy director, picks weeds at a Ronald McDonald House in St Louis, on June 15, 2019. The Ronald McDonald House has relied on volunteers to help them operate ever since it was started in St. Louis in 1981 to give families a place to stay while their child receive extended medical care. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Fifteen Airmen from Scott Air Force Base volunteered at a Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, Missouri on June 15 to help the house with tasks their limited staff needed to accomplish.

The Ronald McDonald House is a charity that gives the families of children that need extended medical care a place to stay in the area at little to no cost. People come from all over the country, and even as far away as Poland or Australia. 

“We receive the families of children who need extended medical care for things like organ transplants or chemotherapy, and they stay with us anywhere from three months to over a year,” said Kelsey Cripe, Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis family service manager.   

While their employees work to maintain the house, the help they receive from volunteers is crucial to providing the families with the best conditions possible.

The group from Scott AFB spent several hours cleaning windows, floorboards and vacuuming. Outside, they helped with landscaping by pulling weeds, picking up leaves and trimming hedges.

“Everything went so well!” said Staff Sgt. Kyle Switzer, 618th Air Operations Center air refueling mission planner. “I was very proud of the effort put forth by everyone, and it’s nice to know our efforts helped the house and the families staying there.”

According to Cripe, the work done by the group was equivalent to 45 hours of work that would have had to be done by the Ronald McDonald House charities’ employees.

“It was fun, it gave me a good feeling to do my part for people in need and give stressed families one less thing to worry about,” said Airman 1st Class Vichim Jackson, 436th Supply Chain Operations Squadron supply specialist. “If an opportunity like this came again, I would do it. It was hard work, but I enjoyed it.”

For the Ronald McDonald House, having volunteers so eager to help is truly appreciated.

“We have limited staff and things we can’t get through throughout the week,” said Cripe. “So, it truly means everything to have volunteers come out and take time out of their weekend to  give back to the families who are staying here and truly make it a home away from home.”