"At birth, my son Nicholas required a rare surgery at a hospital 8 hours from home. The Ronald McDonald House® was a blessing. Without it, we would have had much more stress and anxiety during an already stressful situation. I am thankful to be a part of a company that supports the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities®."
“At birth, my son Nicholas required a rare surgery at a hospital 8 hours from home. The Ronald McDonald House® was a blessing. Without it, we would have had much more stress and anxiety during an already stressful situation. I am thankful to be part of a company that supports the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities®.”
Jamie Hansen’s newborn son was just hours old when he was flown to a hospital more than 400 miles away for a rare and unexpected surgery. Nicholas Hansen was born with an opening between his bladder and belly button, called a patent urachus. The urachus usually closes before birth. His did not. The newborn had undergone surgery even before Jamie and her husband, Joe, arrived at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.
The Hansens were worried about their son, but one thing they didn’t have to worry about was where to stay so far from home. The Ronald McDonald House gave them a room and a “sense of home.”
During this difficult time, the Ronald McDonald House made things easier for the family. The room they received was a place to both recover from the birth and rest after a long day in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Hansens – who arrived with only their hospital bags – could wash their clothes in the laundry room. Snacks and drinks meant they didn't have to find a grocery store. Jamie remembers receiving a Thirty-One welcome bag that traveled with her throughout the hospital. It was comforting to receive such a useful gift.
The Ronald McDonald House is an oasis of peace during a time of frustration and sorrow, said Jamie, a schoolteacher and Thirty-One Consultant from Escanaba, MI. The support extended beyond the financial and included a shoulder to cry on. The staff was both compassionate and loving, and the Hansens knew they were in good hands as they were staying strong for their new baby during his first week of life.
“It was such a sad and hard time in our family, but they lifted our spirits so much,” Jamie said.
Jamie had heard of Ronald McDonald Houses before her own stay. Now she understands their importance firsthand and is happy to be part of a company that supports the RMHC mission.
The mission of RMHC® is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
Did you know
- Thirty-One Gifts has donated 600,000 Welcome Bags to families at houses in the U.S. and Canada, which are making a difference:
“We witness a remarkable transformation in our families as we hand them a welcome bag and explain that Thirty-One Gifts has donated them to welcome them to the house.”
“The bags are a surprise and provide a warm, supportive welcome to families who are in dire need of support.”
“Families love having the bags to carry things to the hospital. They also recognize each other because of the bags. When they see someone out in their community with a welcome bag, it is a conversation starter.”
“Having an element in their life that helps organize and focus their day is key. When their world is spinning out of control, having just one organized, reliable piece of your life can be calming and comforting.”
- We have provided 16,250 family nights at Ronald McDonald Houses to families in the U.S. and Canada
- Thirty-One Consultants deliver hundreds of care bags and zipper pouches to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms
- 46% of chapters rely on Thirty-One Consultant volunteers