Friday, October 19, 2012
As the Holidays Approach
You may be wondering what you can do this holiday season to make the world a little brighter. I have many ideas for you that would benefit the Ronald McDonald House in your area. The Ronald McDonald House provides families with a place to stay while their child is receiving care at the hospital. RMH in Cincinnati has been very good to us. We spent the holidays there last year and we will again this year.
Organize a meal to serve. This could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can cook it yourself at the house or pick up something and drop it off. Get some friends together or coworkers to make this even more fun.
Hold a photoshoot. If you are talented, you can take pics and put them on CDs for the family. If you are less talented, you could bring a Polaroid instant camera and have silly photos taken (ex bring silly hats or funny masks).
Hold a face painting session. You don't have to be talented. They have stencils you can get at party stores.
Ideas that get your kids involved:
Drop off snack bags. Buy paper lunch bags (white is best). Fill them with snacks and juice boxes and let the kids color the outside of the bags. Families love these.
Plan an arts and crafts event. With the holidays coming up, there is all kinds of stuff to do. The kids at RMH love arts and crafts. Call your local house to set up a time.
Make cookies. Holiday cookies are fun or you can make your specialty dessert. Homemade always brings a smile.
Low on funds, no problem:
Organize Christmas carolling.
Make a pancake breakfast or cookies. Most houses already have the ingredients for all of this.
Showcase your talents. Play an instrument, have a puppet show, charicature paintings, dancing, or anything.
Spend a couple of hours cleaning the house. A lot of the cleaning is done by volunteers.
Cleaning supplies - hand soap, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, toilet paper, kleenex, etc...