For the first two weeks of post-surgery recuperation, Allie and Calder were guests at the Ronald McDonald House. The House motto is: Keeping Families Close, but our family wasn’t close enough. Calder’s father needed to return home to care for his older children and return to work. Extended family, including us, lived half a country away. For Allie and Calder, the Ronald McDonald House staff and volunteers were the caring family she needed. Because of the care they were receiving at RMH we knew we could wait to support them.
When Calder was two we both retired from full-time work. In appreciation of the support given to our family, Rob and I decided to “give back” to the House by volunteering at our local Ronald McDonald House in London. Surprisingly, we find it impossible to “give back” because each day we volunteer, we leave our shifts at the House in a better frame of mind than when we arrived. We see our daughter in each of the families we see at the House. We look forward to our days with the encouraging staff and friendly fellow-volunteers.
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