Volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House

I’ll never forget the first time I stayed at a Ronald McDonald House. It was 19 years ago when I was 19 years old and scared to death. My daughter Phoenix was born a month early with her stomach in her lungs. Half an hour after she was born, she was swept away to the next state over Michigan for emergency surgery.

The next day I visited my first Ronald McDonald House and thanks to them, I was able to see my miracle baby. At the time, I was young, poor, and my husband had to go back to work (we needed the money to survive). The staff at RMDH made me feel at home. They had food, accomodations, shuttles to hospitals, volunteers to hang out with, and everything that can make you feel comfortable while your loved ones are in the hospital.

I truly think that being able to enjoy the luxuries of home, while staying for free at the RMDH, helped the most while I was going through the toughest time of my life. I stayed there two weeks until my daughter was transferred to NICU.

Fast forward 19 years and we’ve stayed at RMDH 27 more times. My daughter has severe scoliosis and was seen at Shriner’s Children’s hospital twice a year for most of her life. Everytime she would have surgery or need a checkup, we would stay at RMDH. With caring people their, it became the bright spot of our trips..

I’m so proud and excited to be able to give back to an organization that had such an impact on my life. Starting Thursday, May 16th at 5pm, we will begin a volunteer program at RMDH Las Vegas. We will be teaching a pre determined card game to the residents, then play the game for an hour or so. We are also invited for dinner with the residents following the program. We hope to make this a monthly event, where we teach a new card game each time. Although we hope volunteers will join us monthly, there will be no obligation.

Please RSVP on our Facebook events page or get in touch with me if you have any questions. Believe me, I KNOW we’ll be making a difference in people’s lives, because RMDH did just that for me and my daughter.

-Sarah S.