Topeka woman takes care of dozens of children, families a week


Imagine having 300 kids. That’s the reality, and the passion, for the Northeast Kansas Ronald McDonald House CEO, Mindee Reece.

“It’s all about family and community for me,” Reece said. “That’s really where I spend my time, and how I regenerate myself is through relationships with other people.”

Since 2015, Mindee has met hundreds of families, making them feel at home while being away from their own.

“She’s really put her heart into her job,” said Jennifer Dieker, NE Kansas Ronald McDonald past president. “She works well over 40-hours a week. Is fully committed to fulfilling our mission. She’s made the home feel like a family.”

But to Mindee, her job isn’t just about the money or even providing a room for parents who have a child in the hospital. It’s about making a bond with the families, and getting to hold babies every day.

“I believe in family,” Reece said. “It’s the most important thing in anyone’s life. And so, if you know anything about me, it’s that I love my family. And I love being part of other peoples families as an extended connection through my work at Ronald McDonald House.”

“Mindee is a very selfless individual,” Dieker said. “And she’s putting the needs of other families, sometimes, above her own. She sacrifices evenings, weekends. She’s not just here 40-hours a week. She goes above and beyond. I just think she’s an extremely caring individual.”

A woman who doesn’t have kids of her own, helping others each day.

“So this is what makes it all worthwhile,” Reece said. “This is what makes the long hours, and the time away from home.”

Three-hundred kids and counting. As she helps families during their time of need.

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