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Drive underway to benefit Ronald McDonald Charities

From left, Mercedes and Lauren Morowit will be taking up a collection of unwrapped toys, non-perishable items, and cash on behalf of the Ronald McDonald Charities of Northern California during the ...

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED November 27, 2013 12:19 a.m.

The holidays are a time for reflection.

For Lauren Morowit, the Ronald McDonald House has always been near and dear.

At age 6, she twice had surgery at the U.C. Davis Medical Center for a kidney problem, and then again at 14 while family stayed nearby thanks to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Northern California.

Beginning on Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – Morowit will be collecting unwrapped toys, non-perishable items, and any cash donation at Miner Mart, 1046 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca, through Saturday.

“The goal is to promote this holiday season’s ‘give the gift of giving,’” she said.

During her time in the hospital, Morowit was grateful that her mother, Mercedes Morowit, had the accommodations of the Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento.

“We’re so indebt (to the Ronald McDonald House),” said Mercedes, who stayed there months at a time while her husband was in Manteca tending to their then-infant daughter.

Today, Lauren Morowit is 21. In 2010, she graduated Sierra High and was her class valedictorian.

Morowit, who was once awarded a generous scholarship from the Ronald McDonald Charities, is looking to get into law school. She breezed through the tough curriculum at U.C. Berkeley and will finish up her undergraduate studies at the end of this semester.

For the past 15 years, she’s given back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern California, taking up collections from her family home in Manteca. This will be her first at Miner Mart.

Morowit will be dressed up for the holiday. She plans to wear her elf outfit during her three-day donation drive.

The Ronald McDonald Charities of Northern California is dedicated to supporting programs that improve the lives of children and their families. Included is Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake and the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House.

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