Happy Wheels Turns 1 Year Old

On September 13, 2017, we embarked on a new mission to bring the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho mission outside the walls of the House. One year later, our Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts are more popular than ever and have served hundreds of families inside the hospitals. The cart provides a bit of comfort as it travels the hallways of the NICU and Pediatric areas at Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital—bringing parents hot beverages and snacks while keeping the little ones entertained with books, fun activities, and toys. As a part of the cart’s one year anniversary, we want to highlight how successful this program has been. Since the program’s inception one year ago…

  • We’ve served over 1,700 children in both St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Saint Alphonsus with toys, snacks, and other goodies to make them smile.
  • Helped over 1,500 parents with coffee, snacks, coloring books, and other things to help get them through long and difficult days at the hospital.
  • Brought comfort to over 3,000 people at the hospitals.

You can help keep the Happy Wheels carts filled with goodies for these families. Here are a couple ways you can support this program.

BECOME A CART SPONSOR

Sponsorships are $1,200 per quarter per cart and you may select the cart and quarter you wish to sponsor. Groups, families, businesses, or individuals can be a Happy Wheels sponsor. Your name/organization will be displayed on the cart, listed on the Happy Wheels page on our website, and mentioned through our social media platforms. You will also have the opportunity to provide a sponsor identified item for the cart such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues, water bottles, or another appropriate item.

DONATE OR FUND ITEMS

You can provide items or funding for items to ensure our carts stay stocked. Below is our Happy Wheels cart wish list. If you’d like to help with funding, you can also donate online.

Snacks (Individual Servings) Toys & Activities
Breakfast Bars Puzzle Books
Granola Bars Playing Cards
Protein Bars Coloring Books Adult
Crackers/cheese Coloring Books Kids
Fruit Snacks Children’s Books
Applesauce Small Plush Animals
Chips/Pretzels Infant Toys

In honor of this exciting milestone, we also decided to put together a video celebrating all the smiles our carts have brought to families in the past year. We hope you enjoy this video and continue supporting our Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts. Here’s to many more years of bringing smiles to the faces of parents and children while they endure their difficult medical fights.