125 hats and 20 pairs of mittens for Ronald McDonald House - Minneapolis

We brought 125 hats and 20 pairs of mittens to the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. 

This was our second donation to this important resource for families here in the Twin Cities. We couldn't take a tour because we had little kids with us, and they're pretty serious about germs and illness prevention, but we did have a nice chat with Emily about all the features of the Ronald McDonald House.

Emily mentioned that there are several room sizes available, depending on what a family needs. They are like hotel suites. Some hold up to 10 people! They're used by extended families. While sometimes it's just a parent and a child, other times aunts, uncles, grandmas, siblings and friends stay to help out.  

The average stay for a patient at the Ronald McDonald House is 3 to 4 months. The Minneapolis location has one of the longest average stays of a Ronald McDonald House. This is because so many kids there are transplant patients.  The Minneapolis House is bigger than the Rochester location.

Shuttles are offered from the House to the various hospitals around. In Minneapolis, there are also smaller Ronald McDonald Houses inside Gillette Children's Hospital and Minneapolis Children's Hospital. This spring

There are big kitchens on the main floor of the House, and many local people and groups donate food and kitchen supplies so that everything at the House provided free of charge. 

As shown on the mural, there's a big play area and a house dog named Eddie.

Plus, there's a school on site! There average 7-15 kids in the one-room classroom. The school teacher works with the student's teachers from back home on lessons. Plus, some work is done online. "Even if she has five second graders, they might all be doing something different," said Emily.


See more about the Ronald McDonald House and past donations here:


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