HELP ME PLEASE....I am putting on my red shoes and walking for the kids at Long Beach Ronald McDonald House!
This year I am very excited to be walking to raise money for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. I am now on the Board of Trustees for the house, because I know the children and families need us.
As all of you know, our son had a near fatal auto accident a few years ago and it was devestating for us. At the time we were fortunate to be able to stay at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital in a room. However, I saw many parents and families sleeping in the lobby with no where to go to rest. I met parents who could not go to work and didn't know if they would have a job when their child would be better. Also, trying to get the basics while being with your seriously ill child is hard.....Just trying to find a meal or a bottle of water. Luckily we had our friends and family nearby to support us. Not everyone has that luxury.
The Long Beach Ronald McDonald House is right across the street from Miller's Children's Hospital so the parents and family members can walk across the road. The house is filled with caring people, warm home-cooked meals, and a place for people to rest their heads for a bit of time.
Just sitting in the kitchen with guests after cooking a meal for them makes me happy to listen to their stories. I met a young lady, about 19 years old, who had twins. One was healthy, the other was in the Children's ICU struggling and she had been at the house for well over a month. She had no family or friends to help her. We hugged and later I was comforted by the fact the caring members of the house we love were there for her...I still cried a few tears on the way home and prayed for her sick baby.
So, please donate -- $5.00, $10.00, $50.00, or more. Whatever you can afford.
If you are really motivated, join our Team Valero! We would love to have you join the 5K walk with us on the scenic beach trails along Shoreline Drive on Sunday, April 22. If you don't want to walk...Come on down by the Aquarium and listen to the music and entertainment. Walker's Village is filled with food and giveaways from various businesses, and there is the very popular Kid's Zone, featuring fun interactive games and a face painter!
If you are interested in making a secure online donation to help me reach my fundraising goal, please click the red Donate Now button to the right of the page.
Thank you for your support!
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