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Ronald McDonald House, Greenville SC

Name: Wendy DuFour

Favorite Charity: Ronald McDonald House, Greenville SC

Website: http://www.rmhc-carolinas.org

My daughter gave birth at 23 weeks and our little Logan weighed 1 lb 4 oz. Ronald McDonald House was 5 minutes across the street from the hospital. Logan was in the NICU for 113 days. We spent the first month not knowing if he would make it or not. Being able to sleep and do all the necessary house chores like washing clothes at a close location unloaded a tremendous amount of worry from our days and nights. My daughter and I shared a room and if anything happened in the middle of the night the nurses would call us and we were minutes away.

The manager and all the night managers who slept at the house were caring people who were there if you needed a shoulder. There was a charge of $8 a night to stay there, but my daughter was really without an income or any other funds. They waived every penny due. When a family experiences a crisis like this you really need all the love and support you can get. Ronald McDonald has the biggest heart I know. I have helped family members at another Ronald McDonald and that location had all the same care and love that ours did.

I purchased 30 pewter charms from another charitable organization that raises awareness and funds for preemie moms. I now plan to purchase leather necklaces from you and send them on to Ronald McDonald so they can give them to the moms. The charm is of two very small feet and says at the bottom "preemie." The RMH is always in need of Christmas donations as they make up bags for every family that is staying there at Christmas and leaves them at the door to their room. What a surprise we had on Christmas morning! Gifts were the farthest thing from our minds. It said "we care." Two magnificent words! My daughter and I are also working on "kangaroo blankets" for the moms in NICU. Lots of work, but done with lots of love and appreciation!

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