IN THIS ISSUE:

UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY
Volunteer Information Session
January 19, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up here.

FEBRUARY
Volunteer Information Session 
February 16, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up  here.

GIVE THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF ALL - The Gift of Togetherness
This holiday season give the gift families caring for a critically ill child need the most: the comfort and security of being close to the ones they love. Your gift directly supports House programs and services families need to stay strong and focus on their number one priority: the health and well-being of their child.

CLICK to learn more about the impact of your donation and how together, we are #keepingfamiliesclose. 
Holiday Greetings
As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, I reflect back with amazement and gratitude for everything our Ronald McDonald House family has accomplished together in 2015. 

Throughout this year of transition, with the construction on our 52,000-square-foot expansion underway next door, our extended community of supporters gathered together throughout the year to demonstrate their unwavering and generous support for the families that call our House home.

In March, we enjoyed House Party!, and a few months later, our golf invitational followed by an incredible reception and our car raffle. In August, we gathered together to celebrate the "topping off" of the new building and the Taube Foundation's generous $2 million gift and matching grant. In September we welcomed our Children's Circle donors and Elizabeth Holmes to share an evening of engaging conversation. At October's Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? event, we enjoyed a night of mystery with some of our dearest friends and House supporters.

In the meantime, we've made significant progress toward our $40.5 million capital campaign goal and have moved closer to realizing our ultimate vision-to eliminate our nightly waiting list and ensure that there is room at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford for every family that needs a home-away-from-home while their child is receiving medical care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. 

Thanks to the combined efforts of our House volunteers and staff, along with the financial support of hundreds of generous donors, we are now only months away from opening the doors on our House expansion and filling 67 new family bedrooms next door.

While we look forward to the completion of our new expansion, there is still much to be done. Forty-eight of the Bay Area's top design firms and San Francisco Design Center have donated their time and resources and are currently hard at work to ensure the new House provides the perfect environment to support families in crisis. Their collective efforts are transforming the new structure into an oasis of hope and love, from the paint and flooring, to the fixtures and furniture, including everything in between.

We have many exciting milestones on the horizon as we move toward opening the new building in April. Now, more than ever, we look to you-our donors and volunteers-to help us on stay the course and remain on schedule and within budget. 

I thank you for the unwavering support of our efforts to expand and for the compassion and support you have shown to the 47 families who have stayed with us every night throughout 2015. I look forward to you joining me in welcoming dozens more in 2016. Happy holidays!

With warmest wishes,






Annette Eros
CEO, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
From our House to yours
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the House, not a creature was stirring--well, not true. With 47 families under one roof, there's always something exciting going on at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford! Wishing you all happy holidays and a joyful New Year!
GV treats House families to a special screening of
CLICK to view video (2:35)
The Force was strong at the House as delighted families were whisked away under Imperial guard courtesy of GV for a private showing of the year's most anticipated film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". For immune-compromised children staying at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, the special showing was much more than a convenience--it was their only opportunity to safely see the blockbuster hit in a theater.

"Many of the children staying at the House have seriously compromised immune systems" explains Ronald McDonald House at Stanford CEO Annette Eros. "So seeing a movie in a crowded public theater is simply not an option. Thanks to GV, these kids and their families can have a much-needed break and enjoy an experience most of us would take for granted."

KTVU News was on hand to capture the reaction of House families, including the Bingham family, who have two children who have received heart transplants, and another on the transplant waiting list, and teenager Luis Garcia, a huge Star Wars fan who is battling brain cancer.

Thank you, GV for your generosity, and may the Force be with you!

to our corporate and retail partners
Karina Rodriguez
It truly takes an entire community to keep the House up and running and during 2015, our corporate supporters and retail partners really came through to help the 47 families staying at the House every night feel right at home. From providing clean linens to donating a portion of proceeds from sales, we are grateful to all of our corporate and retail partners for everything you do to help keep families close. 

Thank you!
ACN, Inc McDonald's
Ah Sam Florist
Palo Alto Fire Department
AmazonSmile
Professional Gutter Service
Complete Linen Services
San Francisco Soup Company
Itterati
Spring Lamb Barbecue
Glassybaby
Treetopia
Maxim Healthcare Services
West Fresh

Interested in becoming a corporate or retail partner? Contact Jeff Scanlan, director, strategic partnerships, at jscanlan@rmhstanford.org or 650-470-6036.
AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE at STANFORD

There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can. 

We rely on the generosity of donors in our community to help provide much-needed funds, goods, and services for critically ill children and families. We welcome donations of new and unused items at the House front office seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Right now, we have a special need for:
Help Stock our New House!
(donations needed before March 30, 2016)

The grand opening of our new House expansion is only months away and we need your help to stock the kitchen and pantry for the 67 new families we will welcome in the spring. Visit our Amazon.com wishlist and make a purchase that will help us create a home-like and welcoming environment for families caring for a critically ill child. Also, remember that when you shop with  AmazonSmile , a percentage of qualifying purchases go toward helping support House programs and services. Thank you!

Lunch2Go/Snack2Go
(donations accepted year-round) 

House families often don't have time to sit down and enjoy a healthy lunch or snack. You can help keep busy parents and kids fueled on the go by gathering your friends or coworkers and bagging up some nutritious lunches and portable snacks and delivering them to thankful families at the House. Lunch2Go and Snack2Go are ideal group activities for volunteers under 16 years of age. Email  elee@rmhstanford.org  for more information.

To learn more about making a donation or participating in a special volunteer opportunity, please contact  Erica Lee, program coordinator, at  elee@rmhstanford.org, or call 650-470-6011.

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*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. 

**Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.
Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.