August 21, 2012

Ronald McDonald Community Involvement!!

Name of Organization or Cause *
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania

A'yasiaCherry* - National American Miss Pennsylvania Jr Teen

Total Time Served* - 4 hours

    Recently I volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey, Pennsylvania. This facility is a haven where family members of sick children at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital live allowing them to be close to their child. This wonderful organization gives the families the ability to focus on the children, not having to worry about the extra expense of hotels. During my time at the house I had the opportunity to volunteer my services by helping with kitchen clean up and making sure that the living areas where tidy. Though this may seem like a small task to most, it means a lot to the people that stay in the house. I’m sure it’s a good feeling to be able to stay in a clean environment and to be able to relax in a positive home like atmosphere. I have learned that life is short and that you should be thankful for your family and good health. The families who utilize the Ronald McDonald house face challenges every day, not knowing if there child will make it to see tomorrow. Even with all that life has dealt to some of the families, the time I spent in the house I still saw smiling faces and heard laughter. This gave me a deeper appreciation of life and really makes one prioritize what’s important. I realize just how good life is and how blessed I am every day. Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House was an eye opening and a life changing experience. I will never forget my time spent there or the people I got the chance to meet. I plan to go back in the near future to continuing serving the families and my community.

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