After working at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan for the past three years, I have learned that the Holidays at this facility are a special time. We take great pride in decorating 4 trees (one live one!), stringing many feet of garland, and setting up the village generously donated by the Robinette family. The House takes on a special glow and charm during this season.
A few days ago, one of our children attending a program at Mary Free Bed walked into the House and proceeded to point out to his mom every Holiday decoration. "Look Mom! Lights! A Tree! Santa!" The volunteers who had spent their time putting the decorations up took great pride knowing how much the decorations meant to the children at the House.
Even with all the decorations in the House, what gets me in the spirit of the season is the generosity of the community around us. Grand Rapids has a heart the size of Texas when it comes to caring for those that are hurting and in need of help. Each year, we have several organizations volunteer their time and talent to make the season that much better for our families. Individuals help us stock our pantry shelves and provide toys for our children. The amount of donations we receive and caring individuals I meet during this time of year is amazing.
Therefore, I would like to take this time to say thank you to all of the donors and community supporters that help our families during their time of greatest need. Your donation of time, in-kind donations, and funding allows us to provide for over 450 families annually.
From our House family to yours, Merry Christmas Everyone!
Guest and Volunteer Services Manager