Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Women's Leadership Committee

McDonald House Gets Women’s Leadership Committee Donation

Boise--Two Carloads of badly needed groceries pulled into the parking lot of the Ronald McDonald House in Boise Monday afternoon.

Members of The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee cheerfully unloaded the carloads of food and when they were finished presented the House with checks totaling more than a thousand dollars.

“This donation is timely,” said Ronald McDonald House Director Mindy Plumlee. “People tend to donate around the holidays and then supply gets scarce, we really need the donations and Farm Bureau always comes through when we need it the most.”

Bags of groceries stacked in the House living room along with laundry detergent, gently used children’s clothes, diapers and even popcorn, “You have to have popcorn” said Carol Guthrie President of the IFBF Women’s Committee.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a “home away from home” for families of sick and injured children getting medical treatment at Saint Lukes Medical Center across the street. Plumlee says more than 500 families a year use the facility and they're booked just about every week.

"We really appreciate the donations because 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 Plumlee.

The Women’s Committee rolled up their sleeves and cooked dinner for the residents of the House, a ham dinner with all the trimmings. “We’ve been doing this for 16 years,” said Guthrie. “There’s nothing like a home meal.”

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 Plumlee.

“The Ronald McDonald House donation is part of the annual ‘Food Check-Out Day’ that was started by American Farm Bureau. We have the best, most plentiful and cheapest food supply in the world, we're just sharing that good fortune with those who need it,” said Chairwoman Carol Guthrie. "It just gives you a warm feeling to help these families out."

The money donated to the house was collected from County Farm Bureaus across the state. “We’ll spend the cash donation on food and things needed to support families during their stay here," said Plumlee.

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