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Student organizes Christmas Eve dinner at Ronald McDonald House

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PHOENIX -

It's a feel good story for this Christmas Eve.  A 17-year-old high school student from Queen Creek spent the day in the kitchen, cooking for families going through a tough time.

"We're from Texas, so we're a long ways from home," said Missy Barrett.

Home right now for Missy and her daughter Bridgett, is the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.  They'll be here for the next couple of weeks while Bridgett undergoes some tests at the Mayo Clinic.

"Her care is every day, so we're back and forth to the Mayo Clinic and the hospital every day," said Barrett.

They admit, being away from their loved ones during the holidays isn't easy.  That's why home-cooked meals like the one they received on Christmas Eve mean so much.

"There's green bean casserole, potatoes and then turkey," said Paul Sammons, who organized the dinner.

Sammons, a senior at Higley High School, gathered food donations.  Then he and his fellow scout members made a holiday dinner for Missy and several other families.

"Boy Scouts is all about service..though this would be a good Eagle Scout project," he said.

Paul's father, Hugh is very proud of his son.

"He has a great heart and had other ideas and came up with this along the way..he wanted it to mean something to him, not just to fulfill a patch or get an award."

What Paul has done was not only an act of kindness, but a source of inspiration for Missy and her daughter.

"My daughter and I have decided once she's on her feet and doing better, we're going to go to our local Ronald McDonald and help too."

Paul and the others cooked enough food for more than 70 people Monday night.  They also gathered a stash of DVDs so the families who stay at Ronald McDonald House can start their own library. 

Paul says thank you to everyone who donated.

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