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Heather McLeroy - Chiswick

  • From United States Of America, Americas

 

Heather McLeroy - Chiswick

Main aim of the charity

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House relies on community support. It is the only service of its kind that is open to families caring for children at any San Diego area hospital. They provide a welcoming and convenient home base where families may take care of their basic needs so they can better focus on what really matters: caring for their critically ill or injured child. Thanks to an active volunteer program and generous community support, each year approximately: 1,100 families reside with us during their child’s hospitalization 12,000 additional people use our Family Care Center, coming for meals, computer access, and other essential resources 120,000 meals are served free of charge to family members with hospital identification 120 siblings of hospitalized children take part in education and enrichment programs, including the onsite School Away from School.

How the employee got involved and why

My oldest daughter was hospitalized at 10 day old and the Ronald McDonald House was very supportive in providing meals for me while staying with my daughter. They also provide housing for the families of those children in the hospital as well as any support needed during their difficult times.

What work does the employee do for charity?

We have done a few things to support the San Diego Ronald Mcdonald House. We have done a donation based event where we colected $520 to support the ongoing efforts of RMHC. More recently, we have also collected items for Halloween, like costumes, decorations, and candy to be handed out to those families staying in the house. This was also done keeping COVID in mind to enable the children to have as close to a normal Halloween as possible. Hours have also been donated in simply help where needed as a volunteer.

 
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