Ronald McDonald House Charities I chose to do my I-search paper on Ronald McDonald House Charities because I have a personal interest in this charity. My interest comes from the birth of my first grandchild. My son and daughter-in-law learned that their child would be born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. The doctor’s explained that one in twenty-seven hundred babies are born with this. CDH is where there is a hole in the diaphragm and as the baby develops its organs, such as stomach spleen, intestines, and liver move up into the chest cavity putting pressure on the lungs.
This causes the lungs to be under developed. They were told that the baby would be hospitalized for about three months. They were told to contact the Ronald McDonald House to make arrangements for a room after the birth of the baby. They were putting on a waiting list and were asked to let the manager of the RMHC at the University of Virginia know when they were at their due date. While at the Ronald McDonald House my son and daughter-in-law were allowed to have an immediate family member to stay with them for a couple of days. I stayed for several days during and after my granddaughters’ surgery.
I was amazed by this charity and I was curious as to how this charity had started and why. I had not heard much about the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I knew that I wanted to find the history and the stories of these charities. http://rmhc. org/what-we-do/ronald-mcdonald-house/ This is the original Ronald McDonald website. I find this website to be credible because it is the original website for Ronald McDonald House Charities. I can find how this charity was started. The first child to be a part of this charity. Volunteers stories. News and events of up to date information concerning this charity.
I also noticed that this website tells you about RMHC’s scholarships and grants. There are also stories from parents and children from all over the U. S. This search seems to be somewhat difficult due to the fact that this charity is not as publicized as other charities. I am ready to begin this search with a determination that a mamma bear may have in protecting her young. Wish me luck. How the Ronald McDonald House came to be. I found this information on the original Ronald McDonald House Charities Website. http://rmhc. org/the history of the house that love built.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. It began when a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Fred Hill’s 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. For three years the Hills’ pretty much lived in the waiting room of the hospital, but they also noticed that other parents of children being treated were also living in the waiting room. The Hills’ thought that there had to be a way to help those parents who traveled so far and could not a hotel room. The Hills’ along with their neighbors started a charity called the “Eagles Fly for Leukemia. When the owner of the Eagles heard of the charity he put his and the team’s full support and resources behind it. Then the Eagles general manager worked with a doctor at the hospital, who had always wanted to see the parents of children being treated to have a comfortable temporary place to stay. McDonald’s became involved when Eagles general manager approached Don Tuckerman, who had an advertising agency and did the ads for the local McDonalds. Tuckerman then went to the regional manager for McDonalds. They came up with a way to help raise funds for the charity.
McDonald started selling green milkshakes named “The Shamrock Shake. ” Between McDonalds’ green shakes and the charity known as ‘The Eagles Fly for Leukemia,” enough money was raised to buy an old house near the hospital. So this is how it all began, truly amazing. This house was dubbed ‘The House that Love Built. ” After experiencing a stay at the house in Charlottesville, I’d say that the title fits. The house in Charlottesville was really amazing. It was a large four story house with a huge backyard that had a privacy fence around it.
When you walk into the house you are in a foyer where there are quilts hanging that have been made especially for the Ronald McDonald House of the foyer there are offices discreetly placed so that they do not take away from the feeling of home. The kitchen is huge with tables at both ends and counters on both side walls with sinks and dishwashers, coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves. In the middle is a huge island with stools on both ends and stoves on both sides of the island. There are always two or three bowls on the island filled with quick snacks.
There is a huge deck off of the kitchen with a gas grill and tables and chairs. There is a quiet room off of the kitchen, it consists of a real fireplace and a computer, and it is so much like a home living-room. The two floors above the kitchen is where the bed rooms are located each room has a queen size. bed and a twin size trundle bed where two can sleep. For every two bedrooms there is a bathroom between them. Down in the basement is a large family room with a big screen television and a large play area with everything possible for children to have fun.
The laundry is off of the family/play room, it consists of four washers and dryers. There are double doors leading out to a large patio where there is a porch swing hanging from the deck above. There are lounge chairs and a patio set also. The yard has flower beds and an outside play area for children. There is a book written by a Ronald McDonald House volunteer by the name of Barbara Macleod. The title of this book is “Entering these doors of Compassion. ” In this book the author talks about her experience as a volunteer.
She is the only person in the world to visit all of the Ronald McDonald houses and volunteers her service. She describes how the houses are structurally different from one another but how they are all filled with a strength and compassion. I was somewhat disappointed in this book because I had hoped to find a lot of information about the mission and the vision of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through the help of the medical community the Ronald McDonald House Charities can help to improve the health and wellbeing of children all around the world.
By being actively involved as members of the RMHC Global and local boards of directors. They also help by providing land for Ronald McDonald Houses and spaces within hospitals for Family Rooms. They also help with operating costs and donations of in-kind services. Because of the relationships with the medical community, they can help eliminate a lot of the road blocks that prevent families of sick and injured children from getting the care their children need. I have found through my search not only the beginning of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, but also the love and compassion of people.
In this day and time you don’t see much love and compassion from anyone. The vision of the charity is one of the most giving of oneself that I can ever recall experiencing. Should you ever feel that there is no love or compassion in your life – go and visit or volunteer at one of the Ronald McDonald Houses. Internet – http://rmhc/the house that love built http:// rmhc. org/ history http://rmhc. org/what we do http://rmhc. org/our mission & vision Macleod, Barbara. Entering These Doors of Compassion: Ronald McDonald House Charities Wilmington, Ohio. Orange Frazer Press, 2003