A Feast for Mother Clara Hale

Clara Hale holding a baby

Clara McBride on April 1, 1905, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Mother Clara Hale died 26 years ago today. In her lifetime, she helped over 2,000 children whose lives were affected by HIV and/or drugs, taking them in when no one else would. She started by opening her home for childcare, then becoming a foster parent, and finally by opening Hale House, a child care facility, in 1970.

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By 1991, Hale House cared for approximately 1,000 infants and toddlers. During her distinguished career, Hale received numerous honors and awards for her community service. She received an honorary doctorate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and public service awards from the National Mother’s Day Committee and the Truman Award for Public Service. In 1985, during his State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan referred to Hale as an “American hero” for her commitment to at-risk children.

Because she raised so many children and restored their health with nutrition and love, please enjoy this inexpensive, easy, and delicious recipe in her honor.

All-In-One Spaghetti


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 (7-ounce) package spaghetti, uncooked
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: fresh Italian parsley sprigs


  1. Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 30 minutes.
  2. Add pasta; cover and simmer, stirring often, 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese, and garnish, if desired.

(Source: Southern Living)

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