My granddaughter, Leilani, was very excited about having her first baby and the family looked forward to the joy of a new little one. Within the first few hours, it was known that LayLynn had a serious medical problem. Baby and mommy were rushed off to Merced Children’s Hospital. Not only was this grandmother worried about what was going wrong with her new beautiful great-granddaughter, I was worried about my granddaughter. Where could she stay and still be close to the hospital and what would be the cost for her stay. How could she travel about, who could help her with her needs and encourage her to keep her spirits up.
I had heard many times about the Ronald McDonald House being “a home away from home”. I didn’t really understand these words until I walked into one. What a loving, safe home it was, with people that cared. Leilani was near other parents and staff that shared experiences and gave hope and love to each other.
I am so pleased and thank God that Bakersfield has a lovely, caring and growing Ronald McDonald House that is here to help others that need help as my granddaughter Leilani did. Thanks to Scarlett and the volunteers, Bakersfield has such a place.
Bakersfield’s Ronald McDonald House – A home away from home.