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Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha Year in Review


By Melinda Halvorson

As we begin a new year, I’d like to take a moment to take a look back at your giving to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Omaha this past year.

“The mission of RMHC is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We strive to do so by providing opportunities that strengthen children and families during their most difficult and challenging times. The specific purpose of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to support access to care, reduce financial burden, provide psycho-social support keeping families together, enhance clinical experiences and outcomes and help families resume normalcy.”

We all know what a great charity RMHC is and your support this past year was amazing. When I asked for each Item of the Month your generosity was very much appreciated by me, the GPR Board, and more importantly, everyone at RMHC.

Here is a reminder of the items you provided throughout the year: laundry soap and dryer sheets, breakfast bars, K-Cups, adult-aged coloring books and colored pencils, individual snack items, boxed meals, various gift cards, childrens’ books, diapers, and on-the-go cereal. Your items often over-loaded David Patterson’s SUV when
he delivered them to the House. Thank you!

In November and December we wanted to do something very special for the children and families who would be staying at the House at Christmas. We collected money to be spent on gifts for “adopted families” at RMHC. Sixteen GPR members donated $1,175 for this cause! You know who you are and we thank you all very much. It was decided that GPR Board members would shop for gifts for children and adults alike. See the picture above. From left to right, Board members Mike Anderson, David Patterson, Rick Mourey, Jeremey Kroh, and Terry Lessmann, along with a few of their family members went on a shopping spree at Target for the families. The gifts were taken to RMHC Omaha the next day and will be wrapped and under their Christmas tree on Christmas morning. What a blessing it is to bless others by giving.

Thank you again for your generous support.