Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Legislative Leadership Week

Women's Leadership Committee poses with food donated Monday at the Ronald McDonald House. Putnam photo

Women's Leadership Committee Donates to McDonald House

Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee unloaded two carloads of food at Boise's Ronald McDonald House Monday afternoon. The food will feed the families of critically ill children staying at the house.

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. Operations Director Sandra Wood says more than 500 families a year use the facility and they're booked just about every week.

"We really appreciate the donations this time of year because our needs span 12 months a year, to have donations after the holidays fills a huge void. We have a full house and most of our families have family members in their rooms, this donation couldn't have come at a better time," said Wood.

The McDonald House was 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.

“The grocery donation will go right into our pantry and will be used for dinner tonight," said Wood. The members of the Leadership Committee helped cook dinner for the 18 families in residence. "Food Check-Out Day was founded by the American Farm Bureau 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. "It just gives you a warm feeling to help these families out."

Carol Guthrie also presented the House with a check. The money was collected from County Farm Bureaus across the state. “We’ll spend it all on food, and things needed to sustain the families during their stay here," said Sandra Wood.


Carl said...

Thanks for everything the Farm
Bureau Leadership Committees do, not only for Farm Bureau, but many others: Ronald McDonald, Legislative Snack Bags, but most of all for their work in the counties.

Jake Putnam said...

Its very much a team effort and the volunteers work so hard, thanks Carl!

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