Sixteen years ago, on Christmas Eve, her son, Jared, was born with a birth defect. Surgery was required to remove a deformed part of his intestine.
Neither she nor her husband, John, were making much money. She was a dispatcher. He was a police officer. Both worked in Beeville, and the cost was too high to stay a week in Corpus Christi while their newborn son recovered at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House was there offering a place to lay their heads.
“It is a very warm and very loving place,” Landreth said. “It is something we should be proud that we have.”
Ronald McDonald House helped them out when they needed it, and Landreth said she wants to return the favor.
On Sunday, she and the other stylists from Hair Dynamix will be at the McDonald’s on St. Mary’s Street raising money for, none other than, the Ronald McDonald House.
From 4-8 p.m. the ladies will be hostess at the restaurant collecting donations. A portion of all sales during that time will also go toward their fundraising effort.
“By us doing a fundraiser for them, it gives me a warm feeling,” she said.
Now Sunday isn’t and hasn’t been the only day of fundraising for the energetic clippers.
They have been holding benefits and raising money for months. So far they have about $3,500.
“My goal is $5,000 to $10,000,” she said.
On July 12, she and the others will host a hair show at the Expo Center from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
“It is hard to put into words what we do,” she said, adding that this isn’t really about the costumes or the dancing but about the hair. “One is an ’80s scene. Another scene is a romance scene.”
“They move to the music, so it is not boring. It is entertaining.” Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
During a break in the show, several people will recount their experiences with the Ronald McDonald House.
“Everyone in this area has either been affected by or knows somebody who has experienced trauma, and the relief a place like this brings to the family is priceless,” Landreth said.
Landreth and the others at Hair Dynamix traditionally hold fundraising efforts during the year.
For about three years, they raised money for Relay for Life.
This year, though, they wanted to raise money for something different.
“We decided we were going to do a fundraiser for a group this year that isn’t out there in the limelight and that really does and would appreciate help,” she said.
She was watching television one evening, and she saw a plea from Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
“They were on there talking about how they were low on funds,” Landreth said. She has always given money to Driscoll but Ronald McDonald House simply got overlooked.
“They have these homes all over the state and all over the country,” she said. “It costs a lot to run.”
In general, Ronald McDonald House programs offer rooms for families of pediatric patients under 21 years old.
The actual cost to operate a room varies between $50 and $100 a night. Families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation up to $25 per day, depending on the house. However, the donation is waived for those who cannot afford it. The difference is made up through donations.
“A lot of people don’t realize that Ronald McDonald House isn’t just for Driscoll Children’s Hospital patients,” Landreth said. “It is for anyone in the South Texas Crossroad.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.