Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Women's Leadership Committee News

Food Check Out Day at the Ronald McDonald House

Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee celebrated the Ronald McDonald House's 22nd birthday this afternoon bearing food, gifts and even a cake to the families of critically ill children. The Farm Bureau Women unloaded two carloads of food that will help feed the families of 19 families staying at the facility.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a “home away from home” for families of sick and injured children receiving medical treatment at Saint Lukes Medical Center in Boise. Executive Director Mindy Plumlee says 539 families spent time at the facility in 2009, and they're booked just about every week.

The Ronald McDonald House, located on Main St. near St. Luke's Hospital, started in 1988 and provides affordable alternative housing for out-of-town families with children who require medical treatment.

Built in the early 1900s and purchased by the late J.R. Simplot for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. Families are charged just $10 a night; the balance is paid with public and private donations to the Ronald McDonald house, and any family who is unable to pay the $10 is not turned away.

“We're not just helping the struggling families but we're on a mission, we want the people of Idaho to know that we have the best, most plentiful and cheapest food supply in the world, we're sharing that good fortune with those who need it, and they need it now.” said Chairwoman Carol Guthrie.

Carol Guthrie also presented the House with a check. The money was collected from County Farm Bureaus across the state. Carol Hagen of Boise’s Ronald McDonald House is thankful for the help. “We’ll spend it all on food and things needed to sustain the families during their stay here.

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