The day my baby girl was born was very emotional in so many ways – of course with the excitement of her birth, but also fear because she was born with extreme clubfeet in both feet. Her doctor even said it was the worst case he had seen. There were a lot of emotions going on during that day. However, the support we were getting in the hospital was amazing. I remember a worker from the Ronald McDonald House Charities® came in and let me know what were some of our options. There was talk about transferring my daughter down to Stanford, which was not close by, so RMHC® wanted us to know about the support they were able to offer us and it was such a comfort to know I could be with my child.
It turned out she didn’t have to be transferred but the reassurance I received from RMHC® that no matter where my daughter had to have her surgery, we would have support. That warmed my heart so much because dealing with a child who was just born and surgery on her very first day of life was so overwhelming. We were offered “Home away from Home” reassurance, and that is what families need in their time of need.
Families being able to stay together significantly affect both the psychological well-being of the parents and the child’s recovery. Being able to be close to your hospitalized child is critical! This allows for a higher level of involvement in the child’s care and a positive hospital experience.
In 2015, more than 7 Million Children and Families were severed by RMHC®. You can help too, by donating and volunteering. Both are amazing opportunities. Even little amounts add up! If you volunteer, the joy of helping families can be so enriching. I remember our volunteer to this day and it was almost 13 years ago. Have an impact and volunteer! Oh yeah, you can also help if you drop that spare change in donation box you see in the McDonald’s restaurants. I always do that!
November 1-13 is The National Fundraiser for RMHC®! Let’s get involved and show our commitment to this wonderful cause… Donate Here!