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Grandma's pride and joy

Greatest gifts come in small packages!

For 15 years, Heather has been a McDonald's SuperHero taking care of Windsor Essex customers and families visiting the restaurant. It was just over 5 years ago, that she became a grandmother... and an RMHC Family. 

When her granddaughter Madeline was born at just 24 weeks weighing 1 pound, 9 ounces, she needed the support of the NICU to grow and gain strength.  Thankfully, RMHC was there to keep Madeline swaddled in love with her family close by.

Mom could continue to feed her around the clock and be close by if there was an emergency.

The first year of Madeline's life was difficult. There were many ups and downs, and uncertainty about what the future would bring. Heather's entire world was in the care of RMHC - not only her daughter but her new granddaughter as well. 

For over 4 months, RMHC was a "home-away-from-home" making it possible for Madeline to receive Kangaroo Care and the parent attention known to help preemies thrive. A place where they could connect over a hot dinner, benefit from a good night's sleep, and be just steps away from Madeline made all the difference in getting her home safe and healthy.

Our family will forever be appreciative of RMHC for the love and support provided to us during this difficult time.

Today, Madeline is a happy and healthy 5-year-old big sister. Her giggles are contagious and her joy is infectious. She reminds us all that sometimes the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages!

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