Day 11 – Where’d the 9th and 10th Day Go?

posted by Momo Fali on November 11, 2012

Nothing like failing a challenge when you’re not even 1/3 of the way through it. I’m going to chalk my NaBloPoMo failure to the most disruptive week around here for a long time and then get back on my horse. I’ve taken the last couple of days to contact and visit with family, which are things I don’t do often enough, so I figured the blogging could wait. My cousin’s funeral is this afternoon. Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

I had the pleasure of attending a tour of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio the other night. Through all of my son’s hospitalizations and surgeries, my husband and I have always been close enough to home that one of us could sleep in our own bed. For those who can’t, RMH Charities provides comfort and necessities. It is a truly amazing place and with a new expansion, the Central Ohio facility will be the biggest Ronald McDonald House in the world!

One of the things I found out is that the house depends heavily upon volunteers; cleaning, cooking, maintenance, stocking the supply shelves…you name it. There are rooms for 80 families each night and it costs RMH $100 per night, per family, to provide services. Though they ask for a $20 donation per night, the average amount received, per family, is $4.80.

They can use your money, your time or your talents, and I can assure you, it is a worthy cause. It’s hard to have a sick kid and the kindness and special touches from Ronald McDonald House goes a long way to making a difficult situation bearable.

While we were there, they asked us to decorate handprints for their annual “Give a Hand” fundraiser to benefit RMCH and other charities for children. From now until November 20th, at participating McDonald’s restaurants, you can purchase a paper hand for $1, $3, or $5 and the proceeds will go toward helping families in need.

This was the awesome design of the guy sitting next to me. It was this tie-dye looking, swirly, artsy thing. My phone didn’t do it justice, but it was really cool.

After I got black marker around the edge of my palm and my fingers when I traced my hand, I went with a more simple design. I am not so crafty.

Either way, it was a great experience. To know that this massive endeavor is run with such heart and love, made me really happy.

See? My hand was right!


  • andy

    What a great charity and one that we don’t hear enough about. Thank you for highlighting it.

  • Mama D

    I think you get a pass this month for not posting every day. Wishing you and your loved ones peace and grace in your bereavement. And thank you for highlighting a very worthy cause!!

  • meleahrebeccah

    You’re amazing. That is all.

  • Megan Severs

    This is amazing – so glad you were able to come to the House and see all of the important work they do for the community.

  • Tara R.

    McDonald House is a wonderful resource for families in need.

  • Mare

    Love the hand thing. Mine would look like yours. 🙂 I’m assuming you’re left handed b/c your right hand is traced. Me too! RMH is a beautiful idea. I’ve never needed it, but can only imagine how important it is for families.

  • Arnebya

    Shit happens. In the grand scheme of ordinary living, NaBloPoMo takes a backseat to “real life” (I fell off yesterday). I’m glad RMH exists, but I do wish it had more resources, that it was more widely donated to. I did a paper on it in college and my eyes were opened to struggles I’d never considered.

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