While we were traveling from Morgan Hill to Las Vegas we stopped in Bakersfield for a few days to break up the drive. We had some extra time so we decided to look up our favorite service site justserve.org. The local Ronald Mcdonald House needed some help while we were there. I contacted the house director, Scarlett, and she said we were welcome to come over.
According to their website “The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House is a place where the families of Kern County pediatric or NICU patients can go to take a break from the hospital environment. It serves as a “home away from home” that gives the non-hospitalized part of the family a sense of normalcy in a time when their world is upside down.”
We helped prepare handouts for various fundraising activities that they were going to do at the local schools. We also spent some time addressing envelopes to send to local businesses.
It was a fun time and the staff were amazing. You could tell that they really liked their jobs and loved helping the people at the house. We had a nice tour of the facility at the end and I was really impressed by the service that was offered. The only downside was that my family is horrified by Ronald Mcdonald. It felt like the paintings and the statues were watching us wherever we went.
Ronald McDonald houses raise money locally so I encourage you to contact your local house to see what you can do to help. They score well on charitynavigator.org as a non profit that makes good use of the donations they recieve.
One last piece of advice, if you are scared of clowns like us, don’t look Ronald in the eyes.