Ronald MacDonald House donation

Just before Christmas, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, we dropped off 81 hats at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis! 

"This is wonderful," said Gretchen Ambrosier, who is in charge of donations at the Minneapolis Ronald MacDonald House. "Thanks so much. We really appreciate it!"  

What an adorable batch of hats! Because we had the kids with, we weren't able to take a tour this time around. Maybe next time.

We brought a bit of Christmas cheer to the Ronald MacDonald House the Friday before Christmas.
The Minneapolis house on Oak Street is one of four programs in the Twin Cities. There is also a house associated with Children's of Minneapolis and a family room for Gillette's Children's Specialty Healthcare. Plus, there's a mobile unit, a dental clinic on wheels, that provides dental care to underserved children in the 14-county Twin Cities metropolitan area
What a great bunch of fun and warm kids hats!

Amy with Gretchen Ambrosier

At most of the sites we donate to, we are asked to specify how much our donation is worth.

Our group with 2 representatives from the Ronald MacDonald House.


The Minneapolis Ronald MacDonald House, nestled near the University of Minnesota Campus on Oak Street, has 48 rooms. Those rooms are occupied 95% of the time, showing how needed this program is in the Twin Cities area.

The Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street serves families whose child is receiving care for a life-threatening illness at a Twin Cities-area hospital. It opened in 1979 and has been added onto many times since then.

Families supported at this Ronald McDonald House location must live farther than 60 miles from the Twin Cities. In addition to the geographic requirement, family eligibility is determined through a hospital social work referral.

Families may stay as long as their children are receiving care at a local hospital. Those who stay at the House while a child undergoes a bone marrow transplant average 142 nights. The average length of stay for non-transplant families is 20 nights. The RMH – Oak Street has the longest average length of stay of any House in the world.

How is the House associated with MacDonald's? Twenty-five percent of the funding comes from the Ronald MacDonald Foundation and local MacDonald's restaurants, and the rest is from other donors.
Like all Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters, the Minneapolis House is independently operated and governed. McDonald’s Corporation does grant the House license to use its trademarks – the name and images of Ronald McDonald and the Golden Arches – but operations are entirely independent. It is governed by its own Board of Directors, establishes its own mission and policies and manages its own budget and fundraising.

According to the web site, the mission of the House is driven by a commitment to:
  • Helping families stay together and gain strength during health care crises
  • Ensuring diversity in our organization and innovation in our programs
  • Enhancing our mission through partnerships and collaborations
  • Being accountable and transparent
  • Honoring our heritage while building for the future
  • Supporting our local community
Open every night of the year, the House offers accommodations to meet varying family needs. Each room includes a private bathroom, private phone line, TV and DVD player and various combinations of double and bunk beds and sleeper sofas.

Dinner and other meals
Volunteers in our Cooks for Kids program prepare home-cooked dinners for our families each evening and brunch on the weekends. Supplies for additional meals and snacks are always available to families, who are free to use our well-equipped kitchens.

School for siblings and patient
Our accredited onsite school inside the House helps children – siblings or patients – to continue their studies during time away from home. With the ability to keep their children in school during a child’s treatment, parents are better able to keep the entire family together.

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