Michelle, Brooke, & Christin Love enjoy the sun in the backyard at Ronald McDonald House.
Love of Ronald McDonald House
Imagine discovering your child has a difficult medical problem, which requires you to leave your home to travel hundreds of miles to another state you’ve never been to before. Then, suddenly finding you have folks there who are like long lost family, supporting you throughout this new life-changing journey all along the way.
Michelle & Christin Love are a mother & daughter team who are frequent guests of our Ronald McDonald House and always seem to have cheery dispositions. Despite the long & difficult medical journey they’ve been on, Michelle can almost always be found with a smile on her face. On occasion, Michelle & Christin have been joined in the House by siblings David, Steven, & Brook or Johnathan, the kids’ dad, as well. In fact, David has been seen for his own medical issue at Nationwide Children’s Hospital too. The Love family started coming from North Carolina to our Ronald McDonald House about four years ago. Christin had been diagnosed with kidney and spinal cord issues just as she was turning five years old. For years, doctors at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham had been working with the family and just couldn’t find a solution for Christin. So they recommended she go to Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus.
Michelle said, “When we first came here, I honestly thought it was for 10 day. That we were going to get some testing done. We were going to talk to a few doctors, but then that information would just go back home with us and I didn’t realize it would be a life-long journey for us…being here,” she added. The first couple years, they would always stay for 3 weeks at a time. Now, they come more often, but for just three or four 4 days a month. “You all just came along beside us and everyone here has literally walked this journey with us,” she exclaimed.
That’s when Michelle tried to explain the paradox of experiencing something negative – her family having to make several trips due to a medical issue – and the positive experience of coming to the House regularly: “The friendships we’ve made with other patients’ families. The love and compassion that everyone… that volunteers here and workers here have… has been such a source of strength for us throughout this entire journey. What’s provided here is so much more than a place to sleep or an accommodation… it’s a family. A lot of these parents and children staying here have to leave their siblings behind, they have to leave their children behind… they have to leave their spouses behind while they come up here. Unfortunately, a lot of us are here for a long time. A lot of us are here for years.” But Michelle said, her family looks forward to coming through those front doors to see familiar faces of staff, volunteers, and other returning families. “They’re not friends, they’re family. I know that I can lean on them and they can lean on me.” Michelle pointed out the special bond between families who regularly stay at the House by explaining, “We know each other’s children and they can understand. My daughter Christin can understand what another child’s going through. And even if it’s not the same medical issue, they still understand what we’re going through. And to provide a place where these children can be together and be themselves and spend time with others who understand… that is something that is so valuable and something that only the Ronald McDonald House could provide. Extended families are created here from the friendships that are created here. Those are all things I will forever be grateful for.”
As the interview is wrapping up, Christin appeared at the door with her grandmother, Joyce. Christin was wearing a coat with a unicorn on the hood, another sign of her cheery disposition, and bringing a smile to her mom’s face. Michelle became emotional one last time as she answered the last question. When asked about all of the volunteers and donors in the community that Michelle and her family may have never met, Michelle said, “It’s just amazing to me and humbling to me that complete strangers are equally walking with us through our medical journey. And they do that because of what they’ve given to the Ronald McDonald House. Because if the Ronald McDonald House didn’t exist, I don’t know what we would’ve done. The joy that is here, the hope that is here, the love that is here has impacted our lives in such an amazing way and so I thank them!”
Paint The Town Center Leaves Attendees on Cloud Nine
This year’s Paint the Town Center Red on Septemeber 7 was a huge another huge success, bringing in more than $130,000! Attendees will definitely be dressed to the nines after a day full of shopping! This year’s event even included a fashion show, thanks to Zulily! Of course, exclusive gift bags, samples, and pampering from participating businesses such as Scout & Molly’s, Seabolt & Co., & Celebrate Local made this nineth year of the event a wonderful time! Special thanks to this year’s presenting sponsor Kroger and special guests from Huntington National Bank! Be sure to look the event webpage for our TENTH year of Paint the Town Center next year!
If you missed Paint the Town Center Red this year, don’t miss Handbag HULLABALOO!™ at The Hollywood Casino November 8! Guests will be given the opportunity to win authentic designer handbags simply by participating in our unique raffle game. A silent auction and prize drawings throughout the night keep the excitement going. And, of course, guests get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks along the way. This year’s raffle items include airline tickets, a pair of polarized Chanel sunglasses, and a Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag!
Have you got your tickets to this year’s Toast to Tinseltown: Ten Years of Terror? Click the poster above to make sure you get yours before it’s too late! October 12 will be here in just over a week and it promises to be a howling good time!
On National Child Health Day, we are reminded of all the ways children need support to stay healthy, Supporting programs that directly improve the health of children is what we’re all about. So Rusty Bucket invites you to visit any of it’s 10 Columbus Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern locations on Monday, October 1st and 15% of your bill will be donated to RMHC of Central Ohio when you present the flyer shown above either as a printed copy or on a mobile device. Find your nearest Rusty Bucket location by clicking here!
Thanks to Seabolt & Co. at Easton Town Center for offering a signature scent with 25% of sales from it’s ”Hope for the House” line going to our charity through the end of the year! Stop in today and ask about this special fundraiser to help keep families close!
Kick off the holiday season with food, drink, family and/or friends while helping to keep families close here at The Ronald McDonald House! On Thursday, November 15, stop in at Bar Louie at Easton Town Center and 20% of your tab or bill that day will be donated here to RMHC of Central Ohio!
Cooler temperatures and longer nights mean the candle season is upon us! Check out The Candle Lab in Grandview on October 25 where 20% OF ALL SALES ALL DAY will be donated to RMHC of Central Ohio!
Every year, the Columbus Ronald McDonald House engages in a friendly Pop Tab Battle with the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald House in an effort to see which House can collect the most pop tabs before the BIG GAME! Help us BEAT MICHIGAN in pop tab collections by collecting as many pop, beer, energy drink, or other beverage can tabs as you can. Then drop off all the tabs here at the Ronald McDonald House at 711 E. Livingston Avenue any time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.! But make sure you do before the big game on Saturday, November 24 so we win this competition!
Have questions on the best way to collect and donate pop tabs? Call or email Alexis Donahue at 614-227-3767 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pop Tab Program at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House helps to pay utility bills and support other RMHC programming. A little bit goes a long way through pop tabs!
RMHC of Central Ohio is honored to have it’s highly successful Vehicle Donation Program selected by RMHC Global to be the template for a nationwide program that began in September. Since the local program started in 2015, it’s generated more than 1.5 million dollars for our chapter. Remember, you can donate most any form of vehicle, even if it doesn’t run. We can arrange to have it towed!
Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! If you have an Amazon or Amazon Plus account or are setting up an account, please select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charitable organization!
Enroll your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card for RMHC
Kroger’s Community Rewards program makes it easy for you to donate to RMHC of Central Ohio every time you use your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card. Just select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as the organization you want to help.
Purchase mrly children’s apparel in shops or online, and a portion of each sale is donated toward family laundry services at both The Ronald McDonald House and at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital! Right now, save 10% on your first purchase when you sign up for emails at the mrlybrand.com website too!
Good Deed Rags
Purchase a shirt from Good Deed Rags, and select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charity and $10 from each shirt comes back to the House.
RMHC of Central Ohio is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC of Central Ohio are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHC EIN is 31-0890152. A copy of the RMHC determination letter is available upon request.
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