Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pancakes, Pies, and Pop Tabs: Ronald McDonald House Charities

What is it exactly?
I am glad you asked.

What if your child had to be in and out of a hospital in another city?
Where would you stay?

What if you had to be in this other city for days or weeks or months?

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a place where families can lodge while their
children are in and out the hospital. They are designed to feel as much like
your home as possible. Kitchens. Laundry facilities. Play areas. Bedrooms.

It is a great thing and a worthy cause to support.

Susan recently stayed at the RMH in Philadelphia while taking Sophie to Shriners.
Don't tell Ronald McDonald but just look at this view from their window.

Tsk. Tsk.
Where is the Burger King House?

The RMH kitchen looks a lot like the Thompson family kitchen.
Mission accomplished on the "feeling at home" agenda.

The RMH breakfast looks tasty!

What makes the RMH affordable? Donations from people like you,
and fundraising from many outside sources, including Grace's sorority at Ole Miss:

They also raise money by recycling aluminum from pop tabs: $1 per pound.
It is commonplace for a particular house to receive donations of 15 tons per year.
Yes, mathletes, that's $30,000 per year from recycling your Diet Coke tabs, so don't
throw them away. Save them and give them to someone collecting them for RMH,
like Emily Sigler. Emily has 250,000 tabs already, and wants to collect 1 million.

The clinic at Shriners is decked out with sea life. Sophie is partial to the mermaids.

Underwater owls? 
Hootie and the Blowfish?

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