This month, I am hosting a book drive fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey. I hope to donate 60 teddy bear/book sets for the children and families that use their facilities.
What is Ronald McDonald House and why am I am doing this?
The What: Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for the families of pediatric patients who travel to Central and Northern New Jersey for medical treatment. They have facilities throughout the United States.
And now, the why: I spent a good portion of my young life in and out of the hospital, up until about the age of 6 years old. My mother was fortunate enough to be able to stay with me, in my room, while I was hospitalized. Many times this is the exception and not the rule. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a safe and comfortable home for families to stay while their child is hospitalized or undergoing treatments at a nearby hospital. It's a noble cause and worthy of supporting.
When my mother would stay with me, she would spend a lot of time reading to me. It was then that my love for reading began. In the hospital, my mother by my side and with a book in her hands. As a former pediatric patient, I know firsthand how meaningful a gift such as book and bear can be when you are sick and scared.
Let's band together and comfort these children with a hug by donating a Cuddle Bear set to a child at the New Brunswick Ronald McDonald House.
A donation of $25 dollars will provide a Cuddle Bear book and accompanying plush bear to 1 sick child and his/her family. Through Usborne’s 50% match, $1,000 in donations will sponsor books for 60 children!
If you are in a position to donate, you can learn more about the fundraiser here: YouCaring.com/cuddle4ronaldnj.
You would also be helping if you simply help me spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and with your friends or family. Thank you!