Mississippi REALTORS Make Their Local Ronald McDonald House Feel More Like Home For Visiting Families
REALTORS® see firsthand how important having a comfortable home is for families with children. Having a safe place to recharge and connect is important in this busy world. But when a child falls seriously ill families often find themselves making do in hotel rooms or with relatives who are in close proximity to the hospital. The Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR) recognized this need for a safe haven and reached out to help the Jackson Ronald McDonald House.
“Here in Jackson, Mississippi the Ronald McDonald House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families who are receiving care at the nearby Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. These families are going through the most difficult time in their lives and we wanted to help make them their stay easier,” said David Griffith, 2017 MAR President.
The Ronald McDonald House in Jackson provides everything a family needs to feel at home. In addition to bedrooms with private baths they have four well-appointed kitchens, a colorful playroom, private sitting areas, a courtyard and a large dining and family room.
MAR wanted families who were staying at the house while their children were treated to have a home-cooked supper when they returned after a long day at the hospital. The association’s Executive Committee gathered in MAR’s office kitchen, spending the day putting meals together. The volunteers made large quantities of baked potato soup and chicken and dumplings, comfort food that is easily frozen in disposable casserole containers.
In addition to hands-on work, MAR held a REALTOR® drive to supply the house with needed items. During an annual event called REALTOR® Day At The Capitol, attendees were invited to bring things from the Ronald McDonald House wish list. REALTORS across MS rallied and brought paper goods, snacks and cleaning products to the event for delivery to the House.