Monday, February 3, 2014

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IFBF Women's Leadership Committee Makes Annual Donation to Ronald McDonald House

Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau's Women's Leadership Committee visited Boise's Ronald McDonald House this afternoon bearing groceries and cash.

"We used to bring a lot more food, but they found that money is a better commodity because they can buy what they really need," said Leadership Chairman Carol Guthrie. "We still bring a load of groceries, with as many Idaho crops as we can find; but money is an Idaho product too."

The Ronald McDonald House is fully booked this week with 19 families staying at the facility and seeking treatment in nearby hospitals according to Executive Director of the House, Mindy Plumlee.

"You think about the importance of food in all our lives and then think about having a sick child in the hospital then being away from home and the food brings comfort and peace of mind," said Plumlee.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a 'home away from home' for families seeking treatment at Saint Lukes Medical Center across the street. More than 539 families stayed at the house this past year.

"So the efforts of the Farm Bureau's Women's Committee is commendable, they do everything, collect the food, get donations from members and tonight they're cooking dinner its all greatly appreciated and its caring for people on the most basic level," added Plumlee.

"We can't make kids better, but we can supply food, donate the money, its a small thing really but we hope it makes a big difference to a family," said Guthrie.

The Ronald McDonald House located on Main Street was started in 1988 and provides affordable housing for out of town families with children requiring medical treatment.

Built in the early 1900's the house was purchased by J.R. Simplot for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. Families are charged just $10 a night with the balance paid by the Foundation.Those families that cannot pay are never turned away.

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