Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ronald McDonald House Charities

I would guess that most anyone reading this is family with Ronald McDonald House Charities, but most of you have not ever needed to take advantage of their services.

Fortunately we have excellent medical facilities in town, so we have not had to avail ourselves of the Ronald McDonald House, which, for a small donation or even for free, offers temporary residence for families who have to travel long distances to get medical help.

But we've spent time in the Ronald McDonald Room. I think hospitals have made efforts to improve their waiting rooms, but Ronald McDonald Rooms (this one, at least) are on an entirely different level, offering comfortable chairs, pleasant colors, snacks, a refrigerator, a shower and bathroom, and toys--all maintained by corporate and individual donations and volunteers. It makes a big difference, believe me.

RMHC does a lot more too, including their Care Mobile program and a scholarship program.

There's a lot of misery in the world, and a lot of deserving charities out there. But the next time you see one of those canisters at McDonald's, or one of those pop-tab collection boxes, consider contributing. Or donate here.


Blogger Insane Sister-In-Law said...

My dad and step-mom spent many nights at a RMDH while my little brother was hospitalized with his own heart condition. RMDH is a wonderful thing, indeed.

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