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How Dinner In February Honors Maggie McBride

OAKHURST — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will gather next on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Taqueria Plazuelas to embrace Maggie McBride. The evening of food, fundraising and friendship begins at 6 p.m.

Maggie McBride is a hard-working mother of three, married to firefighter Thomas McBride. In May of 2016, Maggie went in for a routine medical check-up and was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 29. She has undergone several surgeries since that time, requiring a very active Maggie to be on strict bed rest. In December, 2017, she had emergency surgery to repair a major complication.

Husband Thomas works out of town for months at a time, so essentially Maggie has been doing almost everything on her own at home with the kids. Maggie has a teenage daughter and two young sons who participate in sports and extracurricular activities. The doting mom’s goal of becoming a nurse, studying five days a week in Fresno, is a very difficult task when faced with doctor’s orders not to walk or do anything that requires moving.

She is one of the strongest women anyone will every meet. Never asking for help, and reluctantly taking it. Through all of this she never broke her smile and rarely let even her closest friends know what she was going through.

Thomas and Maggie McBride

Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions. Taqueria Plazuelas is located at 40015 CA-49 in Oakhurst. It’s in the Raley’s shopping center near the Met Cinema.

HOW meets monthly for an uplifting evening in honor of one deserving woman who receives the community’s support when they need it the most.

Recipients of HOW are always a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss or who has been through a period of loss within the last 12 months. Irreplaceable loss is defined as a catastrophic loss which cannot be recovered.

Those participating in the HOW benefit will offer $10 or more as a suggested donation for Maggie and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Maggie at the end of the evening.

HOW says that “one woman with $10 can buy another woman lunch. Ten women giving $10 can buy another woman’s groceries. One hundred women giving $10 can really make a difference in another woman’s life.”

Do you know a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss? Bring her name to the next HOW meeting and nominate her to be the next recipient. Recipients are chosen in a public drawing.

“Remember that by helping one woman, we help one family and one community.”

Contact howoakhurstchapter@gmail.com

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