Keeping Families Close

22 Nov 21

Staff from the Auckland office put in a great effort ahead of Christmas to support those families with children in Starship Hospital.

As a Community Day we’d usually prepare a dinner for families at Ronald McDonald House, but alert level restrictions meant that this was not allowed. So the volunteering committee rallied around to get staff donations, and buy the requested items as a food drive for the families.

During Alert Levels 3 and 4 families were housed in motels (not the House) so are having to cook for themselves. Easy-to-cook groceries were the key priority so that parents can spend as much time as possible with their children up at the hospital. The committee raised a fantastic $1,200 from staff contributions so that a carload full of items could be delivered. As requested our delivery included ready meal packet rice and pasta dishes, jelly fruit pottles, biscuits, packets of raisins, Aunt Betty puddings, corned beef, potato chips, pasta sauce, curry sauce, pasta, instant noodle dishes, jams and Vegemite.

We were pleased to be able to still support these families over this time and to help keep families close together when they need it most.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) New Zealand.

Your generous gift of groceries to stock our pantry has helped families like the Savous feel at home while staying within a Ronald McDonald House® programme in New Zealand. Thanks to your generosity, families like the Savous can be together during a tough time in their lives.

“It’s so good when we can come out of the ward and back down to the house. We are so lucky to have this wonderful room so Simiona can be close to us too. I need him here and we can be together as a family before Vani’s treatment starts again”
– Juvena Savou

Because of you, families like the Savous will not only have a place to sleep but also receive the additional care and support they deserve.

Thank you again for your help keeping families together when they need it the most.

For more information contact:

Richard Greenaway

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