Saturday, May 26, 2007

Ronald McDonald House

Everyone who knows me know I like McDonalds too much and that I live right behind it. I even have to drive and walk through their parking lot to get out of mine. Not the drive thru but drive through. I know McDonalds isn't too healthy but when you're a tired mom and you don't even have to get out of the car and drag children with you and keep them calm and seated when you're on the go it is a quick and fairly cheap fix to a few empty tummies. My children are always satisfied by a McDonald's meal and I almost always make them accompany their meals with milk to try and convince myself they are getting some nutrition as well as a lot of salt and sugar. Anyway I am posting this so we can learn more about Ronald McDonald House and the services provided.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, a nonprofit organization creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children through its network of 179 local Chapters currently serving in 46 countries. Named one of America's Top 100 Charities by Worth magazine in 2001 and 2002, the Charity makes grants to not-for-profit organizations and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $380 million in grants to children's programs. For more information on the Charity, visit

If you are a customer, viewer or know anyone who would like to share handmade cards WITH envelopes to be donated to our RMH, please email me and I can give you details.

Here are a few other programs that we could use your help with

  • POP TAB Program - Collect pop tabs from aluminum cans to benefit our Family Fund
  • Donate newborn clothing and baby items for our new parents at the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Supply medium size gift bags, small gifts and toiletry items for our parents' and children's "Welcome Bags".
  • Provide paper products & non-perishable food items for our families.
  • Contribute children's toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss

If any of these appeal to you and you would like to contribute one thing or have a drive in "your" area, send the items to me to take to the house, please contact me!

To learn about the local Ronald McDonald House or for a virtual tour click here.
The house also has a wish list and some of you may have items that could be donated. I can bring them by on my way home from work.


mcgrigor said...

When I was 17 I volunteered at the RM house in Ottawa. I booked reservations, gave was a fantastic place!!

MIkey said...

Hi Betty,
I like your blog. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is sooo great. They help so many families and children. I thought you might like to know that there is a new innovative website out there called For Your Cause, which allows anyone to sign up for free and contribute to the charity or cause of their choice (The Ronald McDonald House Charities being one of mine). The way you actually contribute is great too! All you do is shop online from their list of merchants (i.e., Apple, etc...) and a percantage of any purchase goes directly to the charity of your choice! And there is NO added fee to any items sold through their site, all are priced exactly as if you shopped from the merchant directly. I love it, they could use a lot more big-name retailers, but it is new and the best way I've found to "give" to my causes/charities.