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Local Teen Spearheads Fundraiser

By Staff | Nov 8, 2016

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS paid off for local teen, Morrisa Hoch. In just two months she raised $1,200, enough to purchase a Book and Bear Set. Morrisa is shown sitting with 72 sets of Books and Bears that she will be donating to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, SD. --Anesa McGregor photo

We’ve all heard stories about that child who has cut her hair, given away her toys or headed up a fundraiser for that special organization. Local girl, Morrisa Hoch is one of these people.

This shy, quiet 14 year old wanted to help comfort as many children and families, that stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, SD, as she could with a hug by collecting donations and purchasing a cuddle bear set, which includes a cuddle bear and a cuddle bear book.

Hoch has a good reason behind wanting to help those who use the Ronald McDonald House, she was born at 25 weeks weighing one pound eight ounces at birth. While Morrisa received medical treatment for 17 months, her mom, Jackie Hoch, was able to have a place to live without the stress of worrying how to pay for a hotel room, thanks to the Ronald McDonald House in Siouyx Falls

“It has become our home-away-from-home since Morrisa was born and we continue to utilize the house when we have to go for surgery,” Jackie Hoch, Morrisa’s Mom said.

Hoch raised money for two months and raised $1,200. This was enough to purchase 48 sets of Usborne Books & Cuddle Bear sets and Usborne Books & Cuddle Bears matched half of what Morrise raised giving her another 24 sets for a total of 72 sets in all. Besides the 24 sets Usborne Books & Cuddle Bears donated a portion from each bear set is donated to the Scott Carter Foundation to help eliminate pediatric cancer.

According to Hoch 72 families with sick children will receive a hug from her through one of these sets. The Ronald McDonald House provides families with children who need to travel to Sioux Falls, SD for medical treatment a place to stay without the worry over the cost of a hotel room. It is also a place where women with high-risk pregnancies stay when they must remain close to emergency medical care.

Morrisa and her mom, Jackie Hoch, wanted to be sure and thank the many businesses and individuals who made this fundraiser a success.

“We are still accepting donations to purchase more cuddle bear sets,” Jackie Hoch said. “Anyone interested in donating can call 712-298-2498 and talk with Morrisa or Jackie.