Southern Region supports the “House That Love Built”
In the fall of 1982, the members of Southern Region began a relationship with a special group of people – to work together on a very special project - the building of the Hershey Ronald McDonald House. Southern Region mounted a fund raising campaign that raised $25,000. The funding helped get the capital campaign underway and helped to fund construction of the house in 1984.
Now 25 years later, the Hershey Ronald McDonald House finds itself at a significant crossroads and has turned once again to the members of Southern Region for help. The Children’s Hospital at the Penn State Medical Center is growing into a regional destination for severely ill children. Its resources and expertise rival that of children’s hospitals in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Once the new hospital opens in 2010, more families with seriously ill children will find their way to Hershey – and need the facilities of the Hershey Ronald McDonald House.
Over the last year and a half, the Ronald McDonald House has served 1100 families – and turned away another 1100 because the “House That Love Built” was full. The Room to Grow campaign will take the House from 8000 to 20,000 square feet. Southern Region has once again stepped up to be part of the solution for the many families with seriously ill children.
Their campaign began at the region House of Delegates November 21 and will end at the Spring House of Delegates on May 1.
Each coordinating Council is doing a “Change for Ronald” campaign. They are putting out collection containers at local meetings, in faculty rooms and in other prominent places. Several locals are asking their school districts to get involved and make it a district-wide project. Members are also being encouraged to make individual donations.
Southern Region staff is also donating to the campaign. They presented a donation at the Fall House of Delegates to kick off the new campaign and challenged their locals to exceed it.
Chairperson of both the 1982 and the 2008-09 fund raising effort, now PSEA-Retired member Suzanne Sunday said, “Southern Region members spend their professional lives helping children. It is a natural extension to embark on this project for ‘The House That Love Built’.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to the campaign can send checks directly to Suzanne Sunday at 1284 High St., Boiling Springs, PA 17007-9676 or to the Southern Region Service Center, ATTN: Myra Reichart. Checks should be made payable to RMHC of Central PA.
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