September 16, 2018
To begin, this is completely surreal and upsetting. I have to admit that I’m feeling teary while writing this. One of my friends from Vancouver Island is staying at Ronald McDonald House with her daughter RIGHT NOW. I can’t IMAGINE how scary it would be to have a child who needs long term medical treatment, let alone having to stay away from home while receiving it.
Consequently, I’ve been texting her and have heard first hand about the tremendous comfort her family has felt at being welcomed into RMH. She sent me the weekly schedule of events that is chock full of family fun to help create memories and give everyone something to look forward to. Their long days at the hospital are punctuated with Dirt Therapy With Master Gardeners, Massage Therapy, September Birthday Party, Music Therapy, Teen Jam Session, and Games Night: Pictionary.
She told me that she especially appreciates the delicious home-cooked family dinner hosted by volunteer groups, 5 nights a week. There’s so much on her plate right now and it’s a gift to not have to worry about shopping, cooking and cleaning up. There’s also a brunch one morning a week and common cupboards full of food for them to access.
As a result, her family feels support and care despite the hardships their daughter is facing right now. This is all made possible thanks to volunteers and fundraising.
Are you wondering what YOU can do to help out?
Celebrate the tradition of sharing a meal with those you love and join RMH’s newest community event benefiting families from across BC and the Yukon. We invite you to host a dining event in support of the House. Large or small, the possibilities are endless!
You can host a meal in your home or at your favourite restaurant. Instead of wine or a hostess gift, ask your guests to make a donation to support families at RMH BC. Collect donations online by creating a personal fundraising page or print off our pledge form to collect tax receiptable donations at your event.
Thank you for helping to keep families together when it matters most.
73 families can stay at RMH BC each night
2,000 families can stay at RMH BC each year
480 nights: the longest consecutive stay
241 family meals were served in 2017, easing financial and emotional burdens
Families contribute $12 per night where they can
$75 RMH BC’s cost per night per family. Generous donations ensures no family is turned away.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I’m volunteering to help spread the word about a cause I care about + made a donation of $200 to the Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon to support this program. I hope you’ll join me and contribute what you can.