The WYFS Link Mentoring program recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield, which serves families with pediatric patients being treated at Central DuPage Hospital. The group was given a tour by of the volunteer staff members.
According to Leslee Cremer, Youth Prevention Specialist, the mentoring group was excited about the tour and eager to learn. “We learned that Ronald McDonald is funded through volunteer donations. The children and families are able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House for only ten dollars a night, but can stay for free if they cannot afford the fee.” Families are provided with meals, laundry facility, workout room, TV area, and a play area complete with gaming systems and toys.
One student said, “The Ronald McDonald House tour was very interesting and inspiring. It made me realize just how much people will go above and beyond just to help someone who is going through a tough time with their child. It was a very moving experience.”
Leslee adds that, after the tour, the kids wanted to find out how they can support the house. “We decided to dedicate a night to making Valentine’s Day cards and cookies for the families who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House,” she says. “It’s a pleasure to witness the empathy and compassion our students have for the children and families.”