Local teen works on behalf of Ronald McDonald House

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton teenager was recently presented a dozen red roses, a gift check and a wooden angel playing a flute from the board of directors of the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House for raising $2,004 worth of red hearts for its campaign.
   Trisha Buell, 13, raised money that will help offset the cost for families who cannot afford to pay the $10 per night fee to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
   Trisha's parents, Pat and Richard Buell, own a CPA and tax firm where Buell would spend after-school hours raising money when customers came into the office.
   "Every time I'd hear the door open, I'd come racing downstairs," she said. Buell would ask if the customer would like to donate $1 for a red heart for the Ronald McDonald House. "Some folks gave me anywhere from $20 to $100," she said.
   Rowena Bailey, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, said, "We're so proud of Trisha. She is a remarkable example of the good work teenagers do when they have a real heart."