serving families inside the walls of the hospital
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho is committed to serving as many families of seriously ill children as possible. This means going outside the walls of the Ronald McDonald House and into the hospital. That’s what the Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts are all about.
Designed to serve families who wait for hours without leaving the hospital or their child’s bedside, the Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts provide a bit of comfort as they travel the hallways of Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, as well as St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center. The carts bring parents a hot beverage and snack while keeping the little ones entertained with books, fun activities, and toys. Run by volunteers at each hospital, you’ll see the carts in action on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
How To Help
You can help keep the Happy Wheels Carts available for families at the hospitals by becoming a cart sponsor or providing items to keep the carts stocked. 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 other appropriate items.
Questions? Contact Warren Maxfield via email or (208) 609-3378.
Happy Wheels Wish List
You can also help by providing some of the wish list items below. All donations for the Boise Happy Wheels carts can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Any donations for the Magic Valley Happy Wheels cart can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center. Please leave at the front information desk and indicate the donation is for the Happy Wheels cart.
Snacks: Breakfast Bars, Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit Snacks, Applesauce, Chips/Pretzels
Toys & Activities: Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Adult Coloring Books, Kids Coloring Books, Children’s Books, Small Stuffed Animals, Infant Toys
Interested in Volunteering?
For those interested in becoming a Happy Wheels volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Meredith, at 208-609-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts at Saint Alphonsus Boise, St. Luke’s Boise, and St. Luke’s Magic Valley are suspended until further notice due to Coronavirus concerns. We are monitoring this situation and will continue updating this information.
Updated March 14, 2022