What it means to be “home” for the holidays

We’ve all heard the classic and catchy holiday tune that appears on the radio year after year…


“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays

‘Cause no matter how far away you roam

If you wanna be happy in a million ways

For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!”


A lot of us can relate to this feeling. Something about the joys and warmth of home just can’t be beat, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Having the comforts of home on those cold winter nights can make all the difference. Whether it’s delicious baked goods, holiday decorations, a homemade meal, your favorite holiday movie, or just being with your family, being home can bring peace of mind and relief from the day-to-day stresses.


But for families of sick children, sometimes being in their own home for the holidays isn’t possible. Families can’t control when their child is going through a medical fight or when they need to make a hospital visit. Sometimes, children need to be in the hospital during the holidays, making it extremely difficult to have the whole family together during this special time of year. Being in the hospital also makes it hard to have the comforts of home, which can often help us through strenuous times. That’s where we come in.


Not only does the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Idaho provide a place to sleep and eat, but we also provide a “home-away-from-home” for families all year long. Having a child in the hospital is hard enough, but during the holidays, it can be even tougher. At the House, we make sure all the comforts of home are within arms reach: a comfortable bed to sleep on, freshly baked goodies, a place to do laundry, a homemade meal, holiday decorations, and most importantly, a hug from family members.


One of the essential aspects of the House is that no family is turned away for inability to pay. At the core of our mission is the goal of helping every single family who needs it, regardless of their financial situation. While we charge $10 per night, a majority of families are unable to pay this, meaning we rely on Share A Night donations to ensure these families have everything they need.


Share A Night is a year-round program that gives you the chance to take this 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 donating to our Share A Night program and give families a home for the holidays.