Thursday, December 8, 2011

Share a Night

Last night we visited the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House for their Share a Night party. This Christmas Lighting ceremony is like no other and I was thrilled to bring my family along! The house pulls out all the stops to host a delightful party celebrating the Holiday fund drive that they call Share a Night. Since they only charge a nominal fee to the families that stay there ($15), they must raise the additional money it takes to cover the cost of the rooms each night ($75). The generous gifts also make it possible for families that would otherwise be unable to afford the room due to lengthy treatments to stay for free.

There are many reasons why I enjoy volunteering at this house, but the Christmas season always brings about the true spirit of the house and clearly illustrates that year after year it continues to be the House that Love Built. Donations pour into the house in all forms, from delicious treats, to toys for kids of all ages, to monetary gifts you wouldn't be able to count. People also happily give their time to cook dinners, assist families, and host tours of the beautiful home.

Twice a year, the doors are open to volunteers and donors for parties that include delicious fare, special guests, and words from families that are staying in the home while their children undergo treatment for serious illnesses at the area hospital. If you've ever wanted to witness a Christmas miracle, this is the place to do it. Each family (and everyone who walks through the doors) finds hope and love in this safe and helpful setting. At this time of year, I would encourage you to open your hearts and make a generous gift to a deserving charity such as The Ronald McDonald House.

Pictures from the party are after the jump!

Ronald, Mama and Hannah enjoying the pre-party festivities.
Hannah showed Dada the "Tot Spot." This playroom boasts colorful toys, books, and activities for wee ones.
At 7:30, all the kids joined the countdown for the lights. What a spectacular display!

Hannah picked out a few new toys for kids aged 0-12 months to donate to the house. She thinks they will like them :)

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