Before I had my heart baby I will admit, I was very ignorant and uneducated about a lot of things in this world.
I knew about heart conditions, but I figured they were just small things like heart murmurs. (Not that those are small, but minor in comparison to other congenital heart defects.)
I knew about children being in the hospital for various things, but I never thought about the families and them needing a place to stay….and food….and laundry…and a shower.
I had heard about the Ronald McDonald House but I didn’t know anything more about them than other than they were a charity. I didn’t even know what kind of charity, just…a charity.
It wasn’t until I needed it myself that I understood just how much of a blessing it is.
Boy, were my eyes opened.
Emergencies happen. Kids are involved in car accidents, dirt bike accidents, trampoline accidents.
Kids also have cancer, and other rare diseases.
There are also too many parents that DON’T find out about the heart defect before birth and have their baby life flighted to a different hospital, sometimes a state or two away, and the mother has to follow shortly after she is released from the hospital she delivered at. (Which is why the 20 week anatomy scan is SO important, but that’s a post for another day.)
Those families have to leave at a moment’s notice, without so much as their toothbrush or a change of clothes, and stay at hospital hours away because their local town doesn’t have the specific medical aide their child needs.
Take us for instance, northern Nevada doesn’t have a children’s hospital, let alone a pediatric heart surgeon. We travel seven hours to Las Vegas to stay for an undetermined amount of time, every time.
Having a place to go like the Ronald McDonald House, changed my life.
I’ve been able to see first hand what a blessing this charity is, and see the beautiful hearts of the volunteers that cook dinner for the families every night.
After spending the whole day in the sterile walls of a hospital room caring for your child, a home cooked meal is a God send.
Those volunteers are a God send and ever since I had my son, I knew I would put on a dinner for my local Ronald McDonald House. I wanted to bless other families the way our family was blessed.
And this last Saturday, it finally happened.
A group of girls from church, (read more about my church here), got together and provided two different flavors of pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, rolls, drinks and cake.
Seeing all these women come together to serve these families warmed my heart and made me feel grateful to not only be apart of such an amazing church, but HONORED to be apart of their obedience and walk with the Lord.
I was a little hesitant on making this post because I didn’t want to come across as “bragging” about serving. In fact, I’ve been mulling over posting this all day.
Matthew 6:1 says,“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in Heaven.”
That is not my intention with this post by any means. I wanted to show where there is a need for serving and show how much it means to these families. See if your local children’s hospital has a Ronald McDonald House, or a RMH Family room at the hospital, and donate your time. A simple home cooked meal can make the difference in someones life and show them someone cares. You can search here.
Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”