Ronald McDonald House New York is sending you warm wishes this holiday season. It has been an unprecedented year but thanks to your continued support our doors have remained open. Wishing you healthy and happy holidays!
The Holidays are always a special time at the House. To keep up everyone’s spirits, we have put together a calendar full of fun events hosted by staff and volunteer groups, for the families to enjoy this holiday season: 25 Days of Cheer! To kick it off, our staff at the House hosted a Holiday House Lighting where we virtually walked families around the House to see all the magical decorations lighting up the House! Check out a short recap below
Here are some highlights from our Family Photoshoots with our new decorations!
How Andrea became involved at the House: Getting involved with the House has been a Family affair. My Sister began volunteering at the original location on East 86th Street, then moved to our current location. When my Parents moved from LI to the city, my Mom, Louise began volunteering as one of the three original Coffee and Cookie Ladies. She did so for over 25 years and is a Hope Award recipient. Over the course of these years I would accompany Mom on Tuesday afternoons. She stopped when my Parents moved from the city, at which point, I was approached to join. I thought I'd be taking over her role but was assigned on as the first greeter.
Years Volunteering at House: I've been Volunteering since the Greeters position was formed in April 2018.
Favorite Events or Activity: The volunteer teams provide so many activities for the children and watching them engage and seeing their smiles light up their faces is definitely a highlight!
Volunteer Goal: My goal is to provide as much help and happiness to the children and their families, and to continue delivering books which benefit our Giving Library, which was started by a co-volunteer. Through my partnership with local bookstores, the House receives generous donations which keeps the library fully stocked.
Highlight of Volunteering at RMH-NY: I enjoy the fact that Everyone comes together as one Family when at the House. It truly is a Home away from Home.
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.
“Everyone knows the fine reputation The Ronald McDonald House has, and I am honored to be one of the many volunteers doing my part to help.”- Andrea
Article submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer.
Turkey Trivia with Marsh
Corporate sponsor, Marsh & McLennan not only provided a Thanksgiving themed dinner for the House, but they also hosted a special virtual “Turkey Trivia” night filled with laughs and friendly competition.
The volunteer group sent residents of the House Thanksgiving DIY wreaths, holiday themed Zoom backgrounds for the families to upload when joining the virtual event and a playlist for everyone to get into spirit.
One resident, Alyssa, and her mother joined the event and gave the group a behind the scenes peek into how her day was going and her future goals of getting her degree to become a Child Life Specialist.
After some crafting and chatting, the volunteer’s arranged a “Turkey Trivia” and an Autumn-themed quiz where Alyssa and M&M volunteer, Bob battled for the championship. Alyssa, beating Bob in both events, took the prize!
Submitted by: Alyssa Ahern
Thanksgiving Day at the House
This thanksgiving we decided to make the families day extra special. We provided Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, all from a specially curated Menu so they could feel more at home. We gave them gift bags with thanksgiving themed plates, utensils, place mats and décor for the tv trays we provided.