What Your Dollars Have Done!
The summer months at RMHD have been busy. Your generosity helped us serve 447 families in June and July, including 779 adults and 420 children. We've consistently stayed between 80% and 90% occupancy with the average length of stay being 6-7 days. Families have come from as far as Israel, Mexico, China and Taiwan.
On a recent survey, here's what one family had to say about their stay at RMHD:
"Here I feel at home not just because of the atmosphere but because every person here knows to some degree what everyone else is going through. There are no feelings of isolation or feeling alone here, like there can be back home where it's just you and your child(ren) who have special needs and everyone else is "normal" and nobody understands you."
This is just one of many families who tell us that the support of other families going through similar circumstances is critical to staying positive and keeping stress levels low.
THANK YOU to everyone who helps keep our doors open. Whether it's through a donation or volunteering your time, we truly cannot do it without you. Each contribution, big and small, makes a tremendous difference. To read more about our families, visit our website.
Dallas School of Rock Students Join the National AllStars for a Concert Tour Benefiting Ronald McDonald House
Photos taken by Bonnie Gradillas Quigley
The School of Rock AllStars play on some of the most prominent stages in the country. Through each tour, they look to provide inspiration beyond the music. Their purpose is to provide the students not only a great musical experience but an opportunity to give back and inspire other kids. This year, all net ticket proceeds from each event will benefit local Ronald McDonald House Charities® Chapters.
On July 17 the AllStars came to Dallas and performed at the House of Blues. Some local School of Rock students performed with them as well. Before the concert the kids toured the Dallas Ronald McDonald House, which for them was the first one they'd been to since the Tour began. They were excited to see where the money was going and how it impacts others.
Here's what Bonnie Gradillas Quigley, mom of Jack Quigley, a Dallas School of Rock student, had to say about her experience:
"Watching my son perform on stage is, of course, always a great feeling of pride. But this time was even more special because it benefited such a great organization. That night captured, for me, what I want to show my son -- that empathy is not complete without action."
Click here to see photos of the event on our facebook page.
Jill Prudhomme Taps Into Her Love of Children and Volunteering to Make a Difference
Jill is a busy practicing attorney, grad student, co-creator/writer of a cooking blog, a member of Young Friends, and on top of all that volunteers at the House 2 - 4 times a month. When asked why she volunteers so much of her time to the children of the Ronald McDonald House she says;
"I can't think of a more rewarding way to spend my time. To see the kids, who are all facing such incredible hardships -- whether their own illness or that of a family member -- smiling and enjoying themselves makes my day. I love being able to provide them with a little window of time when they don't have to be worried, scared, or feel sick or "different" -- they are just being kids, getting messy with glue and stickers."
Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are here because of unimaginable circumstances. They have a lot to deal with on a daily basis. A medical crisis can be draining mentally, physically and financially. The groups and individuals who volunteer their time, interests, and talents provide short-term respite for many who really need it.
Do you have talents you can share with RMHD families? Check out our website and see how you can get involved.