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How to Make a Difference When You Have No Time

RMHCWhen I signed on to become an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities I had no idea what the months ahead had in store for me. What life had in store for me, really. Because things have changed. And it happened so swiftly that I felt powerless to slow it all down.

Going back into the workforce was a life changing thing. I didn’t realize how much that change would shake up my life. Not just my life, but my family’s life as well. It’s been a time of adjusting around here. For all of us. Learning how to work together as a team. Giving more of ourselves than we have before.

Especially the kids. They have more responsibilities now that mom is working. Before I started working the kids had it too easy. I’ll be honest and say that Jeff and I haven’t asked the kids to do enough over the years. Oftentimes it’s just been easier for us to do most of the work ourselves because harping at the kids to do their chores is no fun.

Now that I’m working? That’s all changing. Everyone is expected to do more. To chip in and help around the house. And I think that that’s a very good thing.

We are all getting used to this new normal and it’s a busy new normal indeed.

Which leads me to the point of this post. How can I be an ambassador for RMHC if I have no time to give? At first I thought about resigning from my role as ambassador. It seemed like the right thing to do.

My heart is behind RMHC. I also love the people who pulled me onboard for this project. And with each day that goes by that I don’t do something for the charity, the more I feel like I’m letting them all down. The house, the other ambassadors and McDonald’s the brand which most of you know I work with fairly regularly.

But then I got to thinking…

Being an ambassador does not have to be a big splashy thing. I don’t have to get on the evening news to promote my local house. (one of my original goals) I don’t have to raise thousands of dollars for them either, although I’d love to as they deserve it.

And I can’t do much with the kids in the house because of the fact that my local house has children in particularly dire shape and most of their day is spent in the hospital doing what they are supposed to be doing. Fighting a fierce battle for their lives.

So that’s what I can’t do. But as you know, I am a woman of “can do”. So instead of focusing on everything I can’t do, I’m going to share with you what I’m going to do and what you can do too. Because let’s face it, life is busy. And few of us have time to devote our days to making a big difference. But if we each make small differences, it would lead to a big one, right?

Here’s what I am doing…

RMHC Give A Hand

Give A Hand

From now until May 10th when you are visiting McDonald’s, you can purchase a paper hand for $1, $3 or $5. All of this money goes to the charity. I will be having my wisdom teeth pulled out next week and I see many shakes in my future. There will be lots of hands from my family on my local McDonald’s wall when I send them to pick up shakes to soothe my achy jaws.

Donate Change 

I don’t know about your car, but mine is sort of scary after the crazy winter we’ve had. It was so dang cold that I never properly cleaned out my vehicle. I can assure you that along with toys, stray fries and God knows what else is lurking under my car’s seats there’s got to be loose change in the mix. I’m scooping it up along with the coins that are hiding under my couch cushions and dropping them off into the RMHC collection box at my local McD’s. A big thing? No, but every little bit helps and it’s time to clean my fruit loopin’ car anyway. Win-win.

And if that’s not convenient for you, you can also donate your change through Coinstar.

Open Le Mouth

You know I have a big mouth. I’m not a shy girl. Whenever anyones asks what I do for a living, I always say that I work for a pr firm and that I’m an ambassador for RMHC which always leads to a conversation about the charity. Just talking about the house makes people more aware of their need for support. Words are free. Use them for good.

As much as I want to do big things for the charity, I just can’t right now. But these little things? They matter too. Little things become big things when lots of people do them.

And this doesn’t just pertain to RMHC. If you have a cause that you are passionate about, don’t feel defeated if you feel like you can’t give enough. Whatever you can do is enough because your heart is in the right place. And when that’s the case, you can’t help but make an impact.

I know lots of you have contributed to RMHC this past year because you’ve shared that with me in the comments in previous RMHC posts. Thank you for that. RMHC would like to thank you for that too. Here’s a little video they put together for you…


  1. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Melanie! A big hug to our favorite Ambassador! I’ll definitely Give A Hand this week, probably start today when I drive past my local McDonald’s I will make a dedicated stop because of your post. I love that video as it made me smile and I am impressed by the 7 million milestone for just the past year. Impressive.

  2. Lori McK says:

    Yay! It is so nice to see something from you! I volunteered at RHMC last month. A few girls from work and I went to cook dinner for the families there. We also got the rest of our work group to help contribute small gifts to put in goody bags we left for the kids. It was such a fulfilling experience for all of us.

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