Giving to Ronald McDonald House

Even though giving continues throughout the entire year, during the Holiday Season it seems like most people think about donating. Whether you drop a few coins in the red bucket for the bell ringers, donate toys for tots or help the homeless, whatever you are able to do is always special and much appreciated!

Back in November, we took the boys shopping for groceries, gave them each a set amount and let them pick out items for donation. We were able to send 6 bags full of groceries to our local food bank. Then a few weeks back, Walmart gave us the opportunity to give to a charity of our choice.

We talked to the boys and tossed around many different ideas. The bottom line was, we wanted this donation to be close to our hearts, but also give to a charity that may be overlooked.

When Casey, our youngest son was born, he was diagnosed with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome. We spent many, many hours at the hospital in Chicago visiting doctors for appointments and surgeries. Casey is 15 now, and thanks to the blessing of wonderful doctors, he is great!

During the multiple trips to the hospital, we were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. The house has several bedrooms for families with children hospitalized, a general room with toys, books and a television, and a kitchen area as well. During our visit, 14 years ago or so, we were not asked to pay for our stay. However. they do take donations.

So with the help of Walmart, we are making a donation to our local Ronald McDonald House of Michiana. Donation requests may vary from town to town, but our local house had a Wish List on their site.

Some of the items we bought…

  • Personal care items – travel size deodorant, shaving cream, combs, disposable razors, toothbrushes
  • Laundry Soap
  • Individual snacks, juice boxes and cereal
  • Copy Paper
  • Toilet Paper
  • Postage Stamps – you can purchase stamps right at the checkout

And, as part of the Walmart Moms program, I am compensated to share with you. This time, we will be making a monetary donation to the Ronald McDonald House as well. You can sponsor a family for a night, weekend or a week.

We will be travelling next week to make our donation and will update the photos from our visit.

Find out how you can help Ronald McDonald House Charities


  1. donna giblin says:

    For those looking to help with RMH you can also volunteer to cook meals at your own home and deliver them in time for dinner on the specific day. I have done this for several years at our local house.

  2. This is an awesome way to pay back help or ‘pay it forward’. We have a club that that about every 3 months we go to RMH and cook a meal and visit with some of the families that stay there. It has been very rewarding for my husband and I.

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