“We are so very blessed to have such a special place to ease our burdens when there is so much stress and anxiety in our lives. “ ~ Lena Archibald (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
Having a sick child is one of the toughest experiences a family can go through. Families need affordable alternatives for lodging and meals when they travel to Boise with their child seeking medical treatment. A motel stay would quickly become too expensive and many families would sleep on chairs in the hospital waiting room or on the floor in the child’s room. Being able to provide the family a low or no cost place to stay allows them to focus on the health and well-being of their sick child. The Idaho Ronald McDonald House provides a welcoming, supportive environment for these families. We ask families for a $10 donation per night, but no family is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. For about 80% of those families, the cost is a burden they can’t support. Families are made aware of the Share A Night program during check-in at the House or through the hospital.
Share A Night is a year-round program that gives you the chance to take that stress away from families. Either online, or by mail or phone, contributions to the Share A Night program go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho to ensure that the House is safe and comfortable. The value of the services provided is over $190 per night when you consider lodging, food, Internet, laundry, and transportation. That doesn’t even count things you can’t assign a dollar value to such as; peace of mind, a caring environment, and people who are going through a similar situation who understand.
Please consider making a Share A Night donation today.