In This Issue:
UPCOMING EVENTS

February 17
Volunteer Information Session for Adults
February 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here.

March
Volunteer Information Session for Teens (age 16 & up)
March 3, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here.

House Party! Fundraising Gala
March 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Volunteer Information Session for Adults
March 17, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here.

Dear Friend of the House,

As we embark on a new year, it is important to extend heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful supporters. Every single day I'm fortunate to witness the relief and sense of gratitude our families experience, and feel compelled to share that sentiment with our generous community.

 

I was able to spend some time at the House on Christmas Day and was truly inspired by the warmth and joy evident among our families. Of course, there was the obvious excitement derived from new toys and gadgets and satisfied appetites following a delicious holiday brunch. However, it was the kind smiles, earnest hugs, and open hearts shared between families that most clearly demonstrated the extraordinary benefits of the incredible relationships formed within this House.

 

When families face medical crises, being connected is a crucial part of the healing process. Parents need each other to be strong so they can cheer their children on even when they are scared themselves. Children need their parents to hold their hand and give them the reassurance that only a parent can. Siblings need to play together and support each other.

 

By offering families a soothing place to rest, recharge, and cope with the illness of their child, together we can continue to provide comfort and care so they can focus on healing together. Please know that our board, staff, and most importantly our families, are grateful for the nurturing environment and support found here at our home away from home.

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

 


 



Annette Eros
Chief Executive Officer
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

It's getting real! 

 

Over the last few months, construction on our 52,000 square-foot expansion has been moving along at a brisk pace and we are seeing the results! 

 

The underground garage has been completely excavated and the concrete is in place. Garage-level storage rooms are being built out while the first floor begins to take shape above.


 

Watch Hope Grow on the 24-hour live webcam!


 

Over the next few months, the overall structure will become increasingly visible as framing of the exterior of the three-story building begins.

 

At this point, construction is on schedule and barring any unexpected delays, we anticipate completion in early 2016.

 

Once the new building is finished, we will turn our attention to remodeling the existing House--a project that will include re-purposing some of our existing space into additional family rooms.

 

The combined capacity of the new building along with the remodeling of the existing House is still set to total 123 individual rooms--making the House at Stanford the largest of the 344 Houses worldwide.

 

For more information on the expansion and our capital campaign, please visit www.hopeisgrowingcampaign.org. 

CALLING ALL OUR PARTY PEOPLE!
We'll supply the red cups and the party vibe!
Cut loose and come ready to Party with the House at our footloose & fun gala and auction on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

Online reservations open February 9, 2015.

CLICK HERE for more info!

To purchase tables or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jay McCullough, chief development officer at 650.470.6005 or email
PALO ALTO FIRE DEPARTMENT - Delivering Birthday Cheer
The Palo Alto Fire Department's "Birthday Brigade."

Thanks to our community partners at the Palo Alto Fire Department, birthdays are an extra-special time for kids and families here at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. 

 

Over the past four years, members of the department host a monthly birthday celebration at the House.

Much to the delight of our many children, members from the department arrive at the House in a fire engine and invite all to climb aboard and experience what it's like to be a firefighting hero. After the little firefighters have all had a turn to ring the engine's bell, and turn the oversized steering wheel, the big fighters get out their cooking equipment and whip up a delicious birthday meal for all to enjoy. 

 

Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without cake and ice cream--which the department serves with joy to happy children and adults alike. After plates are cleared, the department distributes gifts for all family members celebrating a birthday that month. 

 

This much-anticipated event is always a wonderful experience for everyone and helps foster a caring home-away-from-home environment at the House.  

 

On behalf of those families we serve and the entire Ronald McDonald House at Stanford community, we extend a special thank you to everyone at the Palo Alto Fire Department for helping us celebrate these moments of togetherness with our families every month.

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. Here are some current opportunities to help families staying at the House feel at home.

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.
CALL FOR DONATIONS*
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. Current special donation opportunities:
  • Super Bowl Party!
Help make this year's Super Bowl party a touchdown for House families. Gather your team and huddle together to help families score a "super" game-day meal or snacks. Go the extra yard by providing festive decorations to rally spirits! 
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES**
Volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Current special volunteer opportunities: 
  • Spa Service Professionals
Are you a licensed hair stylist, manicurist, or massage therapist? If so, the gift of your talent and time can really help reinvigorate those caring for a critically ill child. Many House families have neither the time nor resources for self-care that we often take for granted. We welcome all types of specialties and are open to new ideas for soothing and relaxing services or events that can help ease a caregiver's stress and brighten his or her day!
*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. If you have any questions or would like more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.

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**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.