Keeping Families Close
Mission Moment
When Garnet and Iban set out for their anniversary road trip, they thought it would be a typical journey that eventually would lead them back home to Birmingham, Alabama a few days later. Garnet, Seven and a half months pregnant, started experiencing back pain. As the pain increased,Iban called an ambulance and Garnet was quickly transported to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The pain was far from ordinary – Garnet was in labor, and baby Dalia arrived ninety minutes later. Mom, dad and baby are all doing well today. Although premature, Dalia is already up to her birth weight and growing steadily.

“Our two-day trip turned into a longer trip, maybe two months. But that’s alright. I can’t think of a better place for this to have happened. Everybody has been tremendously nice, and welcoming, kind and generous. Dalia has lovingly acquired the nickname Indy, and it’s stuck.”

Garnet is already charitably-minded. Back home, she has raised money for the Ronald McDonald House and Make-a-Wish, but never thought she would be on the receiving end of care from the House. It was a sobering moment for her and Iban, especially after visiting the pantry in the House. “So, families can store their food here?” Garnet recalls Iban asking. “No, this food is for the families, it has all been donated for them,” replied the RMH volunteer providing the orientation. She credits being at the House for easing Iban’s mind when it came to finding a place to stay, knowing they would be just across the road from the hospital and that they wouldn’t have to find an apartment further away.

Garnet is thankful for the House, thankful for the little things, even those as simple as a nearby parking spot. A native to Alabama, Indiana’s recent cold-streak has been a shock, but not enough to dampen her spirits.

Garnet tells us that one of her and Iban’s first priorities once they make it home will be to volunteer at the Birmingham House.
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Around the House
Tree of Thanks
Garnet and Iban aren’t the only ones in the House that are sharing in this season of thanks. Check out our Tree of Thanks, and see what families have shared that they are most thankful for.  
Anyone Can Make a Difference
Making a Difference. Together.
Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana is a rewarding experience – from heartwarming moments helping families at the House, to the thankfulness for one’s own life and privileges that service to others often shines a light on. But for Christine “Chris” Jackson and Vicki Browne, volunteering has also kindled a close friendship.

Look for this story in the December issue of Indy Metro Woman Magazine or click here to continue reading .
RMHC & Dearfoams "From Our Family to Yours"
Just in time for the holidays, RMHC Global has partnered with Dearfoams to launch its national “From Our Family to Yours” campaign. Dearfoams exclusive Hope slippers in honor of RMHC can be purchased on Dearfoams’ website through the end of the year. 
Mac's Minute
Hi fur-riends! 

I love when special guests come to visit! I get to help out with the kids, and it always means extra snuggles and pats on the head. Last week, Jim Sorgi came to visit. He used to be a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts! I helped introduce him to a lot of the sweet kids and their parents staying with me at the House.
I also heard that I get to meet Santa next month! I even get to be a helper-elf during Santa’s Workshop at the House. I bet Santa will bring me lots of treats, but he wants me to ask you to help stock his workshop for the holidays! Here’s a Holiday Wish List for 2019 that will help you.
Fur-well,
Mac
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Events
Taste the Flavors of South America
Thank you so much for joining us at the 12th Annual Taste Gala held on November 1. Your generous support allowed us to raise $164,000 as we traveled to South America to savor the wines of Chile and Argentina.

A special thanks goes to all our sponsors and partners. Without them this event wouldn’t have been so successful. Be sure to visit our website for a recap of the event!
Upcoming Holiday Events Supporting the House
Click below to learn more about ways you can visit, celebrate, shop and donate that will all benefit the House.
Fast Fact
If each McDonald’s restaurant collected the equivalent of 25 cents more per day, Ronald McDonald House Charities could provide almost 38,000 more overnight stays for families with sick kids at a Ronald McDonald House. Starting in December, you’ll have a chance to help make this happen when you visit McDonalds restaurants.