Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October's Ronald McDonald House Newsletter

Hi Ronald McDonald House Supporters!

Happy Fall to you all! During this beautiful time of year, I hope you have a chance to go to the fair, cheer on a football game, take in the pretty scenery and enjoy upcoming Halloween celebrations.

This month our top needs are:

1 – Single serving sweet snacks (ex. Little Debbie cakes, cookies, etc.)

2 – Items for breakfast (pop tarts, cereal bars, etc.)

3 – Coffee creamer – we are out!

4 – Windex glass cleaner

5 – Single serving chips

Light a Luminary Project 2008

The Ronald McDonald House and luminaries have been synonymous in Winston-Salem for the past 22 years. In 2007, despite the enforcement of a statewide burning ban, more than 12,500 luminary kits at $5.00 each were sold. Luminary kits contain six bags, six candles, and a bag of sand. Luminaries are placed on the curbs in neighborhoods and are lit on December 24th in honor of families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

Each year, volunteers help us assemble the luminary kits. We have opportunities for adults only (21 and up) to help with the project this year on Tuesday, November 18th, Wednesday November 19th and Thursday November 20th. For those three days, school groups are scheduled to help assemble. Adults are needed as helpers/group leaders with the school groups those three days from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Habitat for Humanity Warehouse (339 Witt Street, Winston-Salem). No sign up is required, you are welcome to stop by and help, for a lunch break or more!

Holidays at the Ronald McDonald House

It is now October and time for us to begin planning the holidays. If you would like to spend some time with our House guests we would love to have help from you and your family. Over the holidays, volunteers help by collecting items for general family gifts (our wish list is attached), adopting families and helping in the office. The office will be closed on major holidays, but we always need someone in the House in case of emergencies. Last year, volunteers who helped cover the office spent time visiting with families, sorting donations and tidying in the kitchen. Open shifts at the House are on the following days:

November 27 (Thanksgiving)

December 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 25

January 1

Those who have volunteered on past holidays guarantee that is a very rewarding experience. Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to get involved with our holiday opportunities!

Abby Bowman
Director of Volunteer Services
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem
336.723.0228 x11

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