Being an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The idea that I’m one of a group of women who are on a mission to bring awareness to the charity makes me feel like I’m contributing something good to the world. That even though I’m just one woman, I can make a difference. It’s such a good thing to feel. Effective.
In the coming weeks you will be hearing much more about what I’m doing with the charity at the local level. I have a tour coming up with the Boston RMHC house and I’m so excited to find out exactly what I can do to help them.
Looking at my skills set, there are two things that stand out…
I have a big mouth and it’s portable. However I can get their message out to the right people, I’ll do it. Never underestimate my persistence and passion. When I want something to get done, by God we’ll get-r-done.
And as you already know, I love to cook. While we toured the Chicago RMHC houses, we participated in some activities. One of them was cookie decorating with the kids. What a hoot that was. I had so much fun with the little boy I worked with. He was asking a lot of that cookie to hold all of the decorations, but he did a mighty fine job gobbling it up.
Those of us who were helping were asked to decorate a cookie and leave it behind for a guest that couldn’t make the cookie decorating event. My new little friend told me how to decorate mine and I followed his instructions. And then he told me to eat the cookie which was supposed to be saved for someone else. What do you say to a sick kid who tells you to eat the cookie? You eat the cookie.
It was such an amazing experience. Sad in some ways, but joyous in others. And that’s how I feel about working with RMHC. A little sad with lots of sprinkles of joy. I’m determined to be a canister of joy sprinkles for RMHC.
I’d like you to watch this video below. I saw this video while I was in Chicago. It damn near ripped my heart out. This kid. THIS KID! You can’t listen to him and NOT want to do something to help. Here’s my favorite quote:
“You should donate as much toys and money as you can. Because what if something breaks? What if a roof falls off by a tornado? Then what?”
Well heck Kyler, what if?? Then what? I agree buddy. Anything is possible. Anything. Bad stuff happens. And I promise you, I will do my best to donate whatever toys and money I can round up.
And Kyler, you mention in your video that all you need to check into RMHC is a key, your name and your driver’s license number. But sweetheart, you also need a life threatening illness. Something that is foreign to many of us while it’s your reality. And we often times take that for granted. I want you to know that your image is firmly planted in my heart. I will keep you in my mind and heart as I work as an RMHC ambassador and for the rest of my life as well.
One of the great things about being an RMHC ambassador is the support I’m receiving from corporate McDonald’s. I admire that it’s important to them to spread the RMHC message. And I also love how they are harnessing the power of social media to get that message across. It’s a team effort and I’m really happy to be part of this team.
So, how can you make a difference? If you eat at McDonald’s, please bring along your change and toss it into their RMHC collection boxes. Rip off the couch cushions and scoop it all up and drop it off. It was already missing anyway. You don’t need it.
Or you can go to the website and make a bigger donation. Something that doesn’t jingle.
You can even contact your local house and see what you can do to volunteer your time. Maybe you are a cook like me and you can offer to make a dinner? Or maybe you can find out what supplies they need and host a drive? People are pretty giving this time of year. It’s a good time to get support.
And in the coming weeks I’ll be posting about other ways you can help. So stay tuned for that. I have a few ideas.
Thank you so much for letting me share this worthy cause with you. It’s so important to make a difference any way we can. Because we are so blessed to not need the services of this charity. Let’s support the ones who do.