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Leadership Committee Donates to McDonald House

Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee met at Boise's Ronald McDonald House this morning with gifts and a big laminated check that they donated to the House and families of sick children.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a home away from home for families of sick children getting medical treatment at Saint Lukes Medical Center in Boise.

Executive Director Mindy Plumlee says 539 families spent time at the facility this past year and they're booked just about every week.

"This money will be used in comfort and care of these families staying here and we thank you,” said Plumlee. "We always welcome the Farm Bureau Women's donation and their gracious gift of food and household items because it means so much to families staying here.”

Womens Leadership Chairman Judy Woody explained that the donations came from all over the state. “This check is a little more than a thousand dollars, the money comes from farm families that care very much about the Ronald McDonald house and everything you do here,” said Woody.

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

“We're happy to help these struggling families and we want the people of Idaho to know that we have the best, most plentiful and cheapest food supply in the world and we're sharing that good fortune with those who need it, and they need it now.” said Chairwoman Woody.

Plumlee noted that the Ronald McDonald House and Leadership Committee has a twenty-year bond that continues to grow each year. “We’ll spend it all on food, and things needed to sustain the families during their stay here,” she said.

The McDonald House is a landmark in Boise. It was built in the early 1900s then purchased by the late J.R. Simplot for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. Families are charged a minimal rate and the balance is paid with public and private donations to the house, and families unable to pay are never turned away.

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