The Michigan City High School Boys soccer team and their families gifted the Ronald McDonald Family Room of Michiana, located inside Memorial Children's Hospital in South Bend, with more than 750 individual snacks, personal care items and laundry supplies. The team’s efforts were due to a service project suggested by Grant Wozniak, varsity soccer player and Ronald McDonald Family Room Teen Board member.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a home away from home for parents and families to stay while their child, who are sick or injured are in the hospital. Last year it served nearly 1,900 families and it is open 365 days a year from 9 am to 9 pm EST and is operated by 150 volunteers. Services provided are a full kitchen stocked with food, a laundry room, 2 full bathrooms, 3 overnight rooms, a hot dinner every night, a toy room for parents to choose a toy to give to their child who is hospitalized or their siblings, and a coffee cart that delivers coffee, snacks, and toys to patients’ rooms.
La Porte County families account for 22% of the usage but only 2% of the revenue. Wozniak, is member of the Teen Board. It is a group of 50 teenagers from local high school and middle schools that serve on a board to raise awareness and funds for the Ronald McDonald Family Room as well as doing community service. In the last three years the Teen Board has annually raised more than $20,000. The Teen Board has members from over 18 different high schools, including Michigan City High School.
For more information on Ronald McDonald Family Room of Michiana, please visit their website www.rmhcmichiana.org/