Ripon youth raise money to help ensure newborns at RMC are kept warm

Three Ripon young entrepreneurs, from left, Maddie Tobin, Grace Tobin and Ella Altnau, set up a lemonade stand to help raise money that Ripon Medical Center Associates Inc. members could use to support the hospital’s volunteers as they knit and sew items for newborns.

Random acts of kindness can turn up anywhere, and sometimes when you least likely expect it. But they all have a common purpose: to help pass on goodwill and help others.

The same can be said for several Ripon girls who spent time this summer over two weekend days at different intersections in the downtown area at a lemonade stand.

Maddie Tobin, 7, Grace Tobin, 10, and Ella Altnau, 10, set up the lemonade stand to help raise money that Ripon Medical Center Associates, Inc. members could use to support a worthy cause at the hospital.

They were successful in their efforts, raising $91.26, which was presented to the Ripon Medical Center Associates, Inc. at their annual picnic.

The money will be used to purchase yarn and supplies for items made by volunteers for the new infants due to arrive at Ripon Medical Center in the near future.

“We thank Maddie, Grace and Ella for their donation,” said Jackie Halverson, Ripon Medical Center Associates president. “We recognize them for learning early in life the joy of sharing and giving back to the community in which they live.”

The girls’ parents are John and Rhonda Tobin, and Ronald and Kerry Altnau, all of Ripon.

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