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.
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 :).
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.
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.