25 Days of Cheer is our way of making the families staying at the House feel warm and welcome this holiday season. This year our staff and volunteer groups organized 25 Days filled with fun events for the families staying at the House.
This week's highlight comes from our first Miracle on 73rd Street Event, hosted by our friends at the FDNY and NYPD. They decided to put a spin on their regular Christmas visits where the group would bring their Santa, do some caroling and handout presents to all the kids. This year, Santa visited the kids by way of a Firetruck. Families were able to look out their windows to see Santa, with the lights of the police and fire vehicles lighting up 73rd Street. Gifts will be handed out on Christmas Day, fulfilling each families’ Wishlist. It was a very special evening for our families that even made the news!
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Rose-Ann D Piccinich
Team: Special Events
How Rose-Ann became involved at the House: In 2013 I was asked to arrange a team building event for a new group of employees at JPMC. The employees enjoyed volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and I continued to be a liaison between RMH-NY and JPMC employees.
Years Volunteering at House: 7 Years.
Favorite Events or Activity: The RMH-NY hosts amazing events and activities for the kids and their families The employees do all the heavy lifting and it is an honor to volunteer alongside them and other volunteers. While I enjoy all the events, my favorites are the Annual Block Party and the Heroes Volunteer Event. It is great to see so many people come together for the kids and their families.
Volunteer Goal: Most of us have already experienced health challenges directly or indirectly and I can only imagine the challenges parents face when their child has been impacted with a life-threatening illness. I feel privileged to be able to provide a brief distraction for these children and their families
Highlight of Volunteering at RMH-NY: While volunteers are a very small part of the RMH NY experience, it is rewarding to know that we positively impact their struggle throughout these challenging times. Additionally, it is wonderful to work with such compassionate individuals who give so much of themselves for the sake of these children.
What do you miss most about not Visiting the house since quarantine began: While I've missed visiting these months, due to quarantine, I feel most sorry for the children. I look forward to the day when it's safe for all volunteers to be back sharing their love.
“The RMH-NY is not just a house, it is truly a gift beyond measure. Without the House many of these children would not have the opportunity to fight for their lives. The House provides all their necessities and much more. ”- Rose-Ann
Article submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer.
Corporate sponsor, Union Bank made welcome bags for our new families filled with goodies and essential items for families to use during their stay. The families were delighted! We would like to extend a big thank you to our friends at Union Bank for making this possible.