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August 17th, 2017
There is something magical about the summer, as a whole new atmosphere is created around us. The grass is greener; days are longer and you feel a bit happier. When I started at Ronald McDonald House at the beginning of the summer, I was told by the staff that the House in the summer is the busiest, but also some of their favorite times happen in the House during the summer.
Staff members talked about the joy that fills the House in the summer in a different way though, with not only kids being on vacation and free from school, but the RMHC families are all together at the House. They don’t have to worry about the siblings being at school or activities they may have. They get the chance to play outside on the jungle gym, relax with movie night and laugh and make memories all together at the House.
I was excited to experience this all first hand, what I was not anticipating was all the programs and services the staff and volunteers provide for the families. From Movie Night, Kids Can Cook, and renovations in the Secret Garden for easier accessibility, the main mission of keeping families close is illustrated again and again at the House.
When you walk down the halls of Ronald McDonald House whether it be in the upstairs board game room, where two friends are competing in one of the most intense “go fish” games ever or by the family room where you witness two brothers being the bravest and coolest superheroes, there is something magical.
This magic is comparable to the magic of summer, where kids can play and laugh together. I have been so grateful for my time at Ronald McDonald House, even though it was short, I was fortunate enough to experience these magical moments of the strong and loving families at RMHC.