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 :)