A Message From Sally

img_9539How You Impact Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY

When a child becomes seriously ill, the whole family is impacted. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York (RMHC of WNY) continues to build upon and improve our programs and services to keep families with sick or injured children together and near the care and resources they need.

Because of you, our Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for more than 21,000 families who have to travel to Buffalo for specialized care for their children. In 2018, more than 325 families stayed at our Buffalo House. Because of you, Ronald McDonald House is their temporary home, one they are relieved and grateful to return to after long days at the hospital. We will be forever grateful for your generosity shown in our Share a Night campaign. This past year, thanks to you, over 580 nights were donated. You provide these families with a place like home where they can stay, rest and focus on the most important thing – their sick child. So, to you, our thoughtful friends and generous donors, we extend our heartfelt appreciation.

Because of you, this past year we unveiled our new guest suites. Recognizing the changing needs of our growing medical community and the needs of our guest families, the suites are designed to provide a more comfortable environment for our C-section moms, our long-term guests and in some cases the specialized needs of our young outpatient oncology guests.

Because of you, our Family Lounge, located in Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) is a welcoming, home like space for families, just steps away from their children in the hospital. Markedly different than its clinical surroundings, our Family Lounge provides patients and family members a place to rest, refresh, have a snack and prepare for the emotional and mental demands of having a child in the hospital. In 2018, over 10,000 visitors from both the local community and far away have visited our Family Lounge.

Because of you, our Happy Wheels Cart also located in OCH travels room to room offering patients and families complimentary beverages and snacks while enabling them to remain at their child’s bedside.

RMHC of WNY relies solely on donations from our local community. Donations consist of good and services, volunteer time and monetary gifts. Each component is of great value and an integral piece of the puzzle that makes RMHC of WNY run.

Money donated by individuals, foundations, associations and businesses have helped RMHC of WNY positively impact thousands of children and their families and continues to provide valuable resources and support to those who need it the most. This past year, our grand 123-year old mansion was in serious need of some repairs, maintenance and updating. Because of you our driveway was repaired and repaved; our air conditioning system was updated to keep our families cool and comfortable; our House was painted; our fish tank has monthly cleaning and theme changes much to the delight of our guest families; our networks were updated giving families unlimited and uninterrupted internet access; and our linen supply was replenished.

To all our donors, and on behalf of our families and all of us at RMHC of WNY, we thank you for the
important contributions you make to our organization. You gave our families comfort and a sense of security when their world had been turned upside down. We are immensely grateful for your generosity in making this all possible.

-Sally Vincent, Executive Director