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#8/52 – Characters

I’m sure you all recognize this character as a symbol for fast food, Big Macs and Happy Meals.  But what you may not know is that he is also the symbol for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which I was introduced to this weekend.  I had heard of Ronald McDonald House (RMH) before, but never really knew what the charity did.  Well, let me give you a quick overview!  RMH’s are located in larger cities near Children’s Hospitals, and provide families with sick children a place to stay, a loving atmosphere, and support from the fabulous volunteers there as well as other families who are there.  Right now I cannot even find the words to present the services that RMH provides to families so, I encourage you to please check out their website (click the link above) to see what this amazing charity can provide for families who have children requiring extended medical treatment.

I was privileged enough to be a visitor at the RHM in Lexington KY this past weekend.  Baby Hanson’s parents have been accepted to stay at the Lexington location while Hanson is in the hospital recovering from his open heart surgery.  They have a comfortable place to stay, a private bathroom, laundry facilities, use of TV’s and computers, and a home-cooked meal each evening.

Families who are accepted into RHM are asked to give a donation of $10 per night, but if they cannot afford that, they are still welcome to stay.  RMH is run completely by donations, and having seen the tremendous effect it has on the families there, I am definitely their newest advocate!  If you’re looking for a charity to contribute to, a charity that really makes a difference in the lives of ordinary people in need, check out Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Baby Hanson update:  Hanson had his arterial switch surgery to repair the CHD he was born with on Thursday, February 23rd.  I am so happy to report that Hanson came through his surgery and is recovering very well.  His heart rate is strong and his blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels are great!  I was able to see him for a few minutes yesterday and he is one amazing little boy.  I promise I will post pictures of him as soon as I can!  Thank you so much to all of you for the love, prayers and good wishes.  Hanson and his family still have a long recovery ahead of them, but things are looking good so far!

Here is Ronald, he sits outside the RMH in Lexington to welcome all who visit.  A very special character, indeed.


10 responses

  1. Glad too see and learn that they are not all big Corporation and actually someone in charge has a heart

    February 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

  2. Wonderful news to share, Bonnie! Will look forward to your pictures of baby Hanson… his name by the way!

    February 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM

  3. Great news! I am so happy to hear that he is doing well! ♥

    February 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM

  4. Our prayers are with baby Hanson and his family. So glad Ronald McDonald House was there to help them through this difficult time.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM

  5. Tammy

    One day Hanson too will be a big admirer of Ronald McDonald! 🙂

    So glad he is on the mend!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

  6. People often forget about the Ronald McDonald house, they instead concentrate on the “evils” of the food they serve and how it will make you fat and unhealthy. Yes, eaten everyday is NOT good, but I have to say, their french fries are just delicious. When you have a craving nothing else will do.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

  8. Lynn Mortensen

    touching story, and it is true we often tag ‘macdo’s as heartless and far from greaseless but they do offfer fabulous opportunities to those who can’t afford it. Beautiful colours as well as art work in this fellow~and nice ‘character’ at heart

    February 29, 2012 at 6:10 AM

  9. Wonderful news! So glad to hear it.

    I knew Ronald McDonald House provided lodging, but not meals. What a great organization.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

  10. In England Ronald McDonald was dropped, along with Disney Happy Meals, I didn’t realise he was still around…maybe just for the charitable end. I agree with the comments above about people only focusing on the negatives of McDonalds, in fact, I think the customer service in their stores is higher than in most restaurants and, from my understandings, as an employer they invest more into their staff than many corporations.

    Glad to read that Hanson is improving…

    March 4, 2012 at 4:30 AM

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