At the beginning of that week, one of the angelic nurses that worked in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) asked where we were staying. After we said we didn’t know, she recommended the Ronald McDonald House. If you aren’t familiar with what they do, there is a link on my right sidebar. Anyway, we drove over, and were shown the kindness of a family. The home, filled with other parents and family of sick kids, was indeed like a home. Each family pitches in with keeping it clean. People come in and cook meals, so there’s always food in the fridge. They don’t require payments, only a suggested donation if you can afford it. Staying there absolutely made our week just a bit easier to live through. Although young and poor, we donated what we could. I always vowed to help more, when I had a chance.
Fast forward to this week. It’s taken me 22 years, but I’m finally able to give back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This week was my first permanent shift as a volunteer in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Children’s Hospital in my area. This is a room, located in the hospital itself, where parents and siblings of sick children can go to relax, eat or just get away from the stress of their situation. The room is located just outside the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and services all areas of the Children’s Hospital.
What makes this such a boundless moment for me, is the cart. You see, as part of the volunteer duties, we take the “HAPPY WHEELS CART” onto the hospital floor. The cart is filled with toys, water, snacks, candy, etc.. for the patients and their families. This was difficult, as seeing all of the sick children brought back many difficult memories. As difficult as it was, it was very rewarding to be able to assist other parents through their difficult time.
Thank you, once again, to The Original Phoenix, for offering this challenge. To read her original Boundless Challenge #3 article, follow the link below.
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