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A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. Working in health care, I know how hard it is for the families of patients who are in the hospital for an extended period of time and am so excited about how the new house will really be able to help these families out!
I learned so much about RMHC and even got to meet Ronald!!
The new Ronald McDonald House in Arkansas will be triple the size of the current house and will clock in at 35000 sq. feet. It will be five stories tall and have 32 rooms for families to stay in, each one with its own bathroom! The new rooms seriously look like hotel suites. Sooooo nice!!
The building will also contain a large kitchen and dining room, stocked with all kinds of yummy food donated by Tyson. Tyson is a huge sponsor of the RMCH in Arkansas! There will also be on-site laundry facilities, a garden, a tree house, and both indoor and outdoor play grounds.
We got these awesome view finders with pics of what the house will look like when finished at the event. I haven’t seen a view finder in years but I think this is the perfect keepsake and I wish I could show you all of the amazing pics on here!!
One of the coolest things I learned about the house is that it will have a “Beacon of Hope” light in the top. At night, it will be lit up and will be able to be seen from the hospital so that the kids inside can look out and find that light and know that their family is there. Is that not just the sweetest thing ever or what?? This is the only pic I could find of it so you can see what I’m talking about…
At the time of the groundbreaking RMHC still needed $1,000,000 but I believe they are much closer to their goal now!!
Here are some pics from the actual groundbreaking/dirt moving…
Ever since the groundbreaking I have been following the Ronald McDonald House Charities Arkansas Facebook page closely to watch the progress being made and to see how I can help! I can’t give a huge donation like big companies can but they do #WednesdayWishList of items needed for the house like trash bags, laundry soap, coffee creamer, etc and I would love to do something like that!!
Do you have a Ronald McDonald House in your area??
What are some ways you give back to your RMHC??