LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A local high school student is making a big impact on families of sick children.
For the past year, Little Rock Christian Academy (LRCA) senior Robert Springer, Jr. has volunteered to bring smiles and fun to the Ronald McDonald House.
Robert plays both football and basketball for LRCA. This year the football team won its first state championship.
It’s a school he’s thankful to attend, for many reasons.
“I love the school…being at a school where I can honor Christ and serve others is something I love to do every day,” says the Ronald McDonald House Volunteer.
Though football and school has taken up most of his time, giving back is most important to him. That’s why every week for the past year he’s volunteered at Ronald McDonald House to bake cookies and play bingo.
“We usually have a big group of families. They come in and have their game faces on,” he adds.
Robert is there on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights.
“I usually come after football practice,” he says.
After baking the cookies, he then sets up the game and prizes and loves seeing the joy it brings to kids and families during a difficult time.
“When they win they are excited to say bingo. Some kids walk out with 5 – 6 toys,” he continues.
Robert started volunteering at Ronald McDonald House for a service project a year ago. After just one visit, he was hooked.
“It just warms my heart” he says.
Robert heads to college next fall and he plans to pursue a career of service.
“I want to be a biology major. I want to be a pediatrician one day. I love serving kids and I just feel God has blessed me with that. That’s what I want to do when I grow up” he explains.
In the meantime, you’ll find him with the kids.
“I wanna do it as long as I can,” he says. “At this place, I see it as a family.”