Thursday, April 5, 2007

Ronald McDonald House Wish List Donation Drive

Whew, now that the website is up and running, it's time to work on another project for the RMH! This time, I'm organizing a wish list donation drive. The plan is to put big boxes with hand-made signs in the lobbies of buildings near a guard's desk or an office where someone can keep an eye on it. Over the next few days I'll doodle out ideas for the sign, get the crafty stuff to create the first one and take it to the RMH for review. Considering my general lack of creative talent, it should look childlike enough.... I have to let them know the locations the boxes will be in, so I'll make lists and phone calls to find at least 4 good places where they'll be noticed and safe. Once they're in place, I'll check them a couple of times a week and take the donations to the House. The complete wish list is posted on the website below.

The requested donations that'll be listed on the sign will be the items below that one can reasonably expect a person to bring to work and which are available in nearby stores. Let's see, that would include:

*laundry detergent
*toilet paper
*Sugar and sweetener packets
*Powdered creamer
*Dish soap
*Dishwasher detergent
Kitchen towels
Oven mitts
Paper towels
Zip-loc baggies
Plastic bags (all sizes)
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Paper plates/cups
*Non-perishable food items/snacks
*Trash bags (55 gallon & 13 gallon)

The items with a (*) are needed urgently. What many people might not realize is that not only do the families of sick children stay at the house, but as often as possible, the children stay there too, with their parents and siblings. It's a true family house so they need the same things we all need for day to day life. Can you imagine having to keep 52 families in toilet paper for a month? Wow. I sure hope we get a lot!

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