Why the Ronald McDonald House Is The Most Awesome Place Ever.

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I’ve mentioned before about how much I love to volunteer in my community. I believe that volunteering is a mandatory part of life and it is something that I hope to do forever in some shape or form.

When I was offered to be  part of the New York blogger program for the Ronald McDonald house I didn’t hesitate as it would fuse two separate yet important parts of my life–blogging and volunteering.


A couple of weeks ago, I was able to tour the Ronald McDonald house on the upper east side. Complete disclosure: I didn’t know much about the Ronald McDonald House except they had little donation boxes in front of the cashiers at the restaurant. I learned on that day there is so much I didn’t know and so much that the world needs to know about this amazing place.

What does the Ronald McDonald House do?


The Ronald McDonald House is absolutely beautiful. Everything from the kitchens to the dining area to the playroom is top of the line and state of the art. While the families go through the unimaginable task of caring for their very sick children and loved ones, the Ronald McDonald House takes complete care of them. The rooms are beautifully designed, and the playroom is extremely fancy with the latest toys, books, instruments and video game consoles.

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They make the patients a priority and that is what tugged at my heart the most. The more I toured and saw what a great facility it was, I knew that I not only wanted to work with them to get the word out about their amazing service to sick children, but it was also the perfect fit for me. I felt at home there, like it was always home.

The grounds were very beautiful. I think my favorite spot other than the playroom would be the outdoor terrace that had a gigantic grill, inspirational words on the floors and of course Ronald McDonald himself :).

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Despite the challenging circumstances the Ronald McDonald House has a great deal of positive energy. It is one big family and they really all take care of each other, whether it’s the staff, guests or simply a visitor like me–there was a warmth about the House that couldn’t be denied.

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I am so looking forward to working with the Ronald McDonald House in the future and I am honored to be a small part of something so amazing.

Did you know all of the amazing things the Ronald McDonald House does? What is your favorite charity?



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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. That is a great organization! I always loved what their mission is. Thank you for sharing!
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  2. That is so great! I knew it was pretty amazing but I love that you’re bringing it to light here and taking us “inside.” I used to volunteer a lot more before the kids and now, I mostly do it though races, the last of which was The March of Dimes, Run for Babies!!
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    • I love that race!! As a kid we used to walk around the school and collect lots of dimes for the cause, I didn’t get it then (I thought it was ridiculous actually) but now I get it, we were collecting money and it was teaching us to do the same when we grew up!

  3. Love that you are getting a chance to work with them and do this. And thank you for sharing a bit more about this awesome organization today!!
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  4. This is a wonderful charity, and one of my favorites. I have had many friends use this organization but I never have. I like Make-A-Wish more than words because of what they do. Grant wishes. That’s like..my life dream. Like a genie!
    And thanks for this “tour.”
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  5. I knew a little about Ronald McDonald house but definitely not all this! The place looks amazing. It is so wonderful that families have this kind of support!
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  6. I’ve always loved the Ronald McDonald house! It’s one of my favorite charities!
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  7. I’m not all that familiar with Ronald McDonald House, but I did know that they provide support for sick children. That facility is truly incredible. Looking forward to learning more as you go through this journey!
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    • The facility is mind blowing there are 13 floors, recreation areas not to mention all of the rooms to house families. So amazing.

  8. BEAUTIFUL. I love this. I have always been a fan of the House. We have one here, I wish they had a blogger’s program. But in the meantime I always bring my travel (hotel) samples to them and have been saving soda can tabs for a lonnnggg time.
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  9. The Ronald McDonald House here is right next door to our venue. The really sad thing is that I have been meaning to stop in and meet the people who run it since we bought our place almost 9 months ago. I just need to put it on my calendar and do it!!
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  10. I have been to a Ronald McDonald House before and when I learned about what they do, like you, I was immediately in awe! It really is an amazing place. I definitely wouldn’t mind volunteering for them one day. I was going to in a group that I was in back in my hometown, but then I moved, etc etc. This is definitely a reminder though for me to be on the look out for one soon. :)
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  11. you are amazing! you’re a mom to two, work full-time, stay active, and volunteer. inspirational!
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