Last night, I went shopping for a little baby girl at the Ronald McDonald House here in Jacksonville Florida. The Ronald McDonald House does have a special place in my heart because my younger cousin was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease and the Ronald McDonald House was there for him and my family.
If you aren't familar with the Ronald McDonald House here's what they do:
Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together
Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
Allow Children to Get the Best Care
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible - even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.
I know that it has been a tough year and maybe even a tough few years for everyone but last night when I was shopping I thought - this has got to be a million times tougher for this family - the money I am spending is going to a much better place. There is a child out there that I am making Christmas special. My New Year's Resolution is to now help out more. The holidays aren't the only time people are in need but it is definitely a good time to start. Every child deserves a happy holiday season!
If you want to help - CLICK HERE for a link to the Ronald McDonald House Charity Donation page!