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Monthly Donations Make a HUGE Difference!

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How many of us love convenience? No, I’m not talking about the convenience store down the road – although I do love them. I’m talking about the plethora of subscription-based services that automatically ship our deodorants, dog foods, and even toilet paper! What if I told you that your donations to keeping families close to their sick children could also be that convenient! 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley hosts up to 17 families and provides a “home away from home” 365 days a year. Because of that, we rely heavily on donations from people just like you to help us support these families. Each dollar donated by someone who believes in our mission matters so much to us. 

RMHC – RRV has a monthly donation option so donating is easier than ever – there are no checks in the mail or reminder emails. For $20 a month, you can provide a free night stay to over 400 RMHC families a year. A monthly donor allows us to better predict our future plans which leads to a better overall organization.  

Here are some ways you can sign up to support families each month!  

  • Click here & specify how often you want to make your donation.  
  • Text RMHCFargo to 269-89 to sign up for monthly donations or Round Up your spare change on every purchase to generate a monthly donation! 
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Buying local supports RMHC!

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As we face the uncertainty that has come with COVID-19, we have seen the power of community in the Fargo Moorhead area. We want to continue to support those who have supported us this past year. In February, we asked companies for their support in our Sweetheart Ball. Listed below are the companies that made our Annual Sweetheart Ball a huge success!  

Did you know that you can support these local businesses and support RMHC at the same time?! Check out more information on our NEW Round-up program here or simply Text RMHCFargo to 269-89 and connect your debit or credit card so you can start collecting your spare change for a donation to help families stay together.  

So many businesses have come up with innovative ways to stay open to their customers during this time! 

Support Local + Do Good = Win Win Win  

 

Beauty  

Adae Salon

Affinity Day Spa and Salon

Altaire Clinic

Blonde Ambition

Blush Salon

Catalyst 

Edward Arthur & Co Salon 

Hair By Amy Rose

Josef’s School of Hair, Skin and Body

Salon Biz – Joelle King

 

Creative 

Chipper, LLC

Flint Group

Midwest Communications

Moroch

Tellwell

 

Drinks 

4e Winery 

Babb’s Coffee House

Beans Coffee Bar

Dr. Pepper

Fargo Brewing Co.

Front Street Taproom

Happy Harry’s

Johnson Brothers

Junkyard Brewing

Red River Coffee Co.

 

Eats 

Blackbird Woodfire Pizza

Breadsmith

Brewbird

Cakes by Althea

Costco

Hornbacher’s

Lucky Pub 13

McDonald’s Dakotas Association 

Porter Creek

Rustica Eatery

Sandy’s Donuts

Swanson Health

Wurst Bier Hall

 

Entertainment 

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Fargo Pinball

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

Trollwood Performing Arts School 

 

Finance 

Alerus

Bell Bank – Pay It Forward

American Federal

Brady Martz & Associates P.C.

First Community Credit Union

First International Bank & Trust

Gate City Bank

Legacy Financial Partners

Payroll Express, Inc.

Eide Bailly, LLP

Cornerstone Bank

 

Fitness 

Courts Plus

Conquer Ninja Gyms – Fargo

Ecce Yoga

EHP Crossfit

Foss Swim School

 

Goods 

521 Handmade

Carrie’s Twisted Art

Burlap

Classic Floral

cLizzys

Clothes Mentor

dogIDs

Kayla Cash , Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant: 

Kittsona

Leelah and Lavender

Mall of America

Nodak Woodworks

Northside Quilters 

Rando

CI Sport

Scheels

Taea Made

The Fancy Dinosaur

Tin-Ker

West Acres Development

 

Health 

701 Chiropractic

Dakota Pediatric Dentistry

Eyes on Broadway

Family Healthcare

Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry

Essentia Health Optical

Essentia Health

Glacial Peak Cryotherapy

Maple Family Dentistry

Prairie St. John’s

Sanford Health

Strive Chiropractic

Strive Life Grand Forks

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties

Center for Special Surgery

 

Hospitality 

Delta Hotels Fargo

Club House Hotels

Grand View Lodge

 

Jewelry 

Aerow

Bohemian Blu

Crown Jewels

Gunderson’s Jewelry

Karin Jacobson Design

Marc’s on Main

Riddle’s Jewelry

 

Law 

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Turman & Lang, Ltd

Zimney Foster

 

Machinery 

Bobcat Company

Butler Machinery Company

R.D. Offutt Company/RDO Equipment

Snap-on Industrial

Titan Machinery

 

Photography  

Elena K Photography

Evan Bond Portraits

mjoy Photography

Scherling Photography

 

Service 

Accent Kitchen and Bath

Aldevron

Allegiance Fundraising Group

Arneson Ovsak Agency

Arvig

Atos

Animal Health Clinic

Baldinger – Sons Bakeries

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Bergseth Bros

Beverage Wholesalers 

BNG Team

Cullen Children’s Foundation

Dacotah Paper Co

Dakota Medical Foundation

Dale Carnegie of ND & MN

DS Beverages

Foss Architecture and Interiors

Grotberg Electric

Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home

Herzog Roofing

Laney’s

Microsoft

Midco

Mode Travel – Katie Kapel

Network Center Inc.

Office Sign Company

Otter Tail Corporation

RHI Supply

Preference Employment Solutions

Sunshine & 79

Universal Carpet Service, LLC

Wags N Whiskers Pet Grooming

Wags Stay N Play Boarding and Daycare

Xcel Energy

 

Sports 

Fargo Park District

FargoDome

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

King’s Walk Golf Course

Maple River Golf Club

Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Twins

Minot Country Club

Mizuno Golf

Moorhead Country Club

Oxbow Country Club

St. Paul Saints

The Preserve at Grand View Lodge

 

Support local business by rounding up your change

Round UP for RMHC!

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Small change can make a BIG difference!

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re in your favorite store. You’ve brought your items to the counter and before the cashier says your total, they ask “Would you like to round up your change for charity?” Are you the person that says “YES!”? Now you can do that with all your purchases from all your favorite stores!  

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley has a new exciting way to donate 

During this uncertain time of COVID-19, we know you’re making hard decisions about where to put your dollars. Businesses and nonprofits are struggling and are looking for ways to make sure they can make it through.  

Your spare change can make a BIG difference for RMHC while you are making your daily purchases!  

Introducing Round Up  

  1. Simply text RMHCFargo to 269-89. 
  2. Connect your most used card.  
  3. Your round-up change on purchases (when you use the card you connected) gets donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley 
  4. Your accumulated change from your monthly purchases with your connected card will be withdrawn from your account and automatically donated to RMHC-RRV at the end of each month 

ExampleWhen your purchase totals $13.49, you charge will be rounded up $14 with $.51 being donated to RMHC-RRV.  

Please Note:  You are able to set a max dollar amount for your change accumulation in your profile.  

Support local business and support RMHC! Consider picking up your favorite supper for curbside pickup and the total is $26.04 – the remainder $0.96 is donated to support families staying close to their critically ill child. Although it doesn’t seem like much, a month of spending and saving your round-up change adds up to make a BIG difference!  

To sign up: Text RMHCFargo to 269-89 or click here to get started!

Happy National Women History Month!

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If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know the story of two very influential women who had a hand in Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley (RMHCRRV)If you don’t follow us on Facebook, click here! We highlighted both Dr. Evans and Bev McAllister who shared a dream of keeping parents close to their critically ill child and focused on making sure their stresses were alleviated with a “home away from home.” Their dreams came to fruition in 1974 with the first RMHC and in 1982 with the first RMHCRRV.  

After 38 years and thousands of families, RMHCRRV needed to expand to accommodate the growing medical facilities and those families. In May of 2018, we closed the previous houses and opened our doors to the brand-new Ronald McDonald House, so everything is under one roof.  Inside the offices is the RMHC staff – a small staff compared to the large mission they all pursue every day. We’d like to introduce you to our all-woman staff as they are all huge components and work hard every single day to keep families together. Although we can’t be together right now due to coronavirus, we are still so thankful for each other! j

Get to know everyone and their favorite part of the job!

Jill Christopher – Jill has been leading as Executive Director for almost 10 years. Through her career, she has been leading the way on three houses, opened a Ronald McDonald Family Room, and has been championing RMHC along the way. She was drawn to RMHC because of a personal connection; her favorite part of her job is helping ease the burden and making some else’s situation with their sick child less stressful.  

Erica Johnsrud – Development Director, Erica has worked hand in hand with Jill for the fundraising needs of RMHC including raising over 5 million dollars to build the new House. In her role, she builds relationships with donors and sponsors, plans events like the Sweetheart Ball, and is the funny voice behind most of our tweets!  

In my position, I get the opportunity to connect the community with the mission of RMHC’s “home away from home” – aligning passion with purpose. At the same time, I get to see firsthand the gratefulness and the relief that the families have when they have a space they can call “home”. 

Ashley Peterson – To house over 400 families a year, we need to ensure everything is running smoothly. Ashley, Director of Operations, is the mastermind that keeps everything from the elevator to the air conditioning running. She is also our volunteer coordinator, welcoming more than 1000 volunteers a year.  

Working with people who care deeply about our mission and making families feel like they are at home when they stay at the House or are visiting the Family Room. 

Kelly Binfet – Assisting Ashley is our Operations Assistant Kelly who has been with RMHC for 5 years. She ensures the house is spotless for families, directs volunteers, and participates in community outreach by going into the school to teach kids about our pop tab program!  

I love that our strengths are always encouragedWe are supported, listened to, and we laugh a lot together. As a small-sized staff, we do just as many amazing things as a company with many people! Our part-time family services staff and volunteers are SO helpful to our families and making our families feel at home.  Our staff has so many talents; The ability to use people’s gifts and get them in the right positions and encourage them to grow and change and learn has always been important to our team. 

Lane Pereboom – Lane, Director of Family Services, joined the team in June and has been an amazing addition to the team. Her office is the first-place families stop when they are checking in. She oversees our part-time staff and interns and ensures families have the support and resources they need to get through their hospital stays.  

Our families come to us at some of the scariest, most stressful and uncertain times, and we meet them with support, encouragement, and resources. We provide fun spaces and activities to normalize the hospital and medical experience. Our staff all provides “the little things” that make RMHC feel like home.   

Alex Kizima – Our newest staff member started in July and assists Erica as the Development Coordinator. She is the one who writes social medianewsletters, and this blog you are reading right now! Together, Erica and Alex plan the Sweetheart Ball and coordinate on Giving Hearts Day and the Golf Tournament.  

The support we receive from our community is truly humbling. When we ask for wish list items, people deliver. It makes my heart do a happy dance. I love being able to surprise families when we say we have the thing they are asking for. My hope is that all parents have support as they provide the best care for their child in the hospital.  

Staff photo and text says "February: Sweetheart Ball and Giving Hearts Day recap"

We’ve Been Busy – Catch up with us!

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Wow – what an amazing past two weeks! On February 8th, we kicked off our 31st Annual Sweetheart Ball at a new location to accommodate more people. The Delta Hotel was filled with supporters, volunteers, and staff who strive to keep families together during times of medical crisis. We were so happy to celebrate our mission with 500 of our closest friends as the night kicked off. The silent auction opened, dinner was served, and Shauna Wimer, Board President, and Jill Christopher, Executive Director, gave an update on the past year at RMHC. After supper, we welcomed a past family, the Davidsons, who stayed in the Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley for 17 days as their baby Jacob grew stronger. Both Luke and Melinda expressed their gratitude for their accommodations, the meals from volunteers, and the kindness that embodied each person they came across in their journey.  

Afterward, we asked the audience to help us in Sharing a Night to help us continue to care for families who need a room while their child is in the hospital. The room came alive as people pledged to help future families. By the end of the night, we had raised $150,000. As the night ended, we knew our work wasn’t done as Giving Hearts Day was just 5 days away.  

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraiser for nonprofits in ND & MN. This year, we had a generous match up to $44,000 which doubled any donation to a donor’s money could go farther. This year, our theme was “Giving Hearts Open Doors”. This campaign kicked off a few weeks before as we dropped off a red & white striped door at select supporting businesses – RDO, Arvig, Thunder Coffee are a few – to raise awareness. The door had a mailbox that held the key to unlock a giving heart. We also had a few mini red & white striped doors made by Sign Badgers to hand out to our amazing Giving Hearts Day committee.  

The metro was buzzing as the day started. Everywhere you looked, you couldn’t escape the fact that February 13th was Giving Hearts Day! People wore their GHD shirts, had stickers on their shirts, and posted about what charities they were supporting. We kicked off our day at 8:30 am and had already raised $17,000 which is enough to cover the average stay of 10 days for 5 families in each of our 17 rooms 

For each interval hit, a new door opened to offer a virtual tour of the house. Giving Hearts opened doors all day! Some of those rooms were the magic room, pantry, garage, and most importantly, to the room where our families stay which offer two queen beds and a private bathroom. At the end of the day, close to 700 Giving Hearts had donated close to $117,000 for Ronald McDonald House to continue to care for families in 2020.  

 

Huge thank you to Dakota Medical Foundation, Alex Stern Foundation, Nodak Insurance Company, Cindy & Mike O’Keefe and close to 700 giving hearts who chose us to give to on February 13th.  

 

We made it Last blog post of year

The Last Blog Post of the Decade!

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Here we are; the end of the decade. A lot has changed since the beginning of 2010. Our House has moved to a new location, we have a slightly different staff, and we serve new families constantly. But with all that the last ten years have thrown at us, we are still very much the same. Our Mission of keeping families together during times of crisis is still at the heart of what we do, and the community is still just as generous as they were in at the beginning.  

If you are new to what Ronald McDonald House Charities does or you are looking for a way to end the decade strong, we’ve put together a list of small things you can do before December 31st 

 

Ways To Help 

Donate 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is run 100% on donations. Donations can be made online at www.rmhcfargo.org, or at their location: 4757 Agassiz Xing S, Fargo ND 58104. We appreciate each and every donor!

Giving Tree 

McDonalds of the Red River valley set up a Giving Tree in all twenty-three locations decorated in handmade ornaments from families staying with us through the year. Each ornament holds a wish list item that can be used in our House. Simply take an ornament, purchase a need, and bring it back to the McDonalds unwrapped so it can be later sent to our House.  

Get A Tour 

We would love to be able to show you a tour of their spaces. Contact Erica Johnsrud for a time to tour: erica@rmhcfargo.org or 701-232-3980 or join us for our monthly Hotdish at the House – where you eat lunch while learning about the importance of our service in the communities we serve.  

Volunteer 

RMHC has many different volunteer opportunities. Give RMHC a call or email volunteer@rmhcfargo.org. If you’re a fantastic cook or baker, let us know! If mopping or office work is more your style, we can connect you with something.  

Save Your Pop Tabs 

It’s a small gesture but collecting pop can tabs can make a big difference – in fact, because of people saving pop tabs, over $3,000 is raised each year for our House. Let us know if you’d like a cardboard House mailed to you. They’re a cute way to display your support in the office or kitchen and to collect pop tabs! 

 

Thank you to everyone who lends their support in keeping families together during difficult times. We wish you happy holidays and a very happy new year! See you in 2020.

November Recap

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose the best part of the holidays, but here at Ronald McDonald House, we agree that it’s the sense of community as families and friends gather through the end of the year.  

We kicked off the month with a lot of classroom visits to teach kids about our pop tab program! These are always fun visits because kids always ask the best questions as they begin to understand what these can do for our families. We informed them that the little tab on a pop can make a BIG difference for our families that stay with us.

We had many groups gather under our roof in November. Our kitchen and halls were filled with laughter from families and friends.  From cooking and cleaning volunteers… 

cleaning volunteers

 

to whole families gathering for the first time… 

schatz twins graduate the nicu

The Schatz twins were strong enough after 106 days to go home! They joined two older brothers, mom and dad as we said our “Good-bye’s”.

After an exciting month, the day most people were waiting for came: THANKSGIVING.

Megan, our part-time staff member, and her family came in to make desserts. Bridget Kessler from Houston Engineering came to make a Thanksgiving feast. Families staying with us were able to enjoy a full meal and table full of desserts. We are thankful for the people who took time out of their day to help our Families feel comfortable as they celebrated a holiday far from home.

baking volunteers on thanksgiving

We are looking forward to seeing what December brings! We are ready to embrace everyone with open arms as we celebrate the last month of the year. See you next month!

A BOO-tiful Day For Halloween!

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Tonight, we are amongst the many neighborhoods in the country that are stocking up on goodies and debuting their costumes. We aim to provide a home away from home which includes providing a sense of normalcy in our family’s lives – and since today is Halloween, we are hoping to provide a memorable holiday! 

The office was decorated and had signs welcoming families so they knew to trick-or-treat through the offices in the House. Each person got a bag for treats and the celebration started at 9 am and people could trick-or-treat until midnight.

Trick-or-treat welcome

Even our Heart Warmers were dressed up for the occasion as they passed out some goodies. Kids faces lit up as they received different goodies from each office! Some received play-doh, crafts, or slime. 

  

Our staff as the true princesses they are: Ashley as Cinderella, Erica as Ariel, Jill as Snow White, Alex as Merida, Lane as Belle 

 

Party City generously donated costumes for kids staying in the house and NICU held a costume decorating class for parents. It was so fun to have Luigi stop in, doesn’t his mustache look great?  

 

With donated pumpkins, families were able to help us decorate for the weeks approaching Halloween. It was so fun to see the painted pumpkins – We always have some artists under the roof.

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Have you ever wondered why the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon is gold? In 1997, a group of parents picked gold as the official color because it symbolizes how precious and resilient children are.   

As we move into September, we prepare for change: changing from tank tops to sweaters, changing grades in school, and the upcoming change of seasons. For some parents, their life changes with the words, “Your child has cancer.”   

Unfortunately, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the US. In our own House, 14% of the families we serve are here based on a cancer diagnosis. To come together and acknowledge the thousands of families affected by a cancer diagnosis, September is designated as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.   

If the emotional toll and heartache on a parent aren’t enough during this time, the financial burden may come in second. At the Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley, we are focused on the simple idea that nothing else should matter while a family is healing their child. These parents are changing and evolving their new “normal” and we are here to provide unwavering support.  

With the help of our donors, we were able to provide the Stehley family a “home away from home. They stayed with us for 38 nights while their young son Mason received cancer treatments. The House was a much-needed getaway from the hospital, nurses, and machines. “It’s just nice that you can come here and not think about hospital and nurses and machines and you come here and they’re always positive. You go in and they’re always happy and talking to you. “  

Childhood cancers often have treatment protocols that can take up to two years while they work towards remission. During this time, parents may have to be absent from work and travel long distances for health care. We hope they can find a new normal during these changing times.  

If you are looking for a way to help change a family’s life, you are in luck. We have some great suggestions:   

  • Monetary donation – We ask that families pay $20 per night for their room, but no one is turned away for their inability to pay.   
  • Time donation – We have so many volunteer opportunities for everyone from baking to cleaning  
  • Pop tab donation – These small items make a huge impact when they are recycled   
  • Item donation – Our House is home to roughly 400 families a year which means we go through quite a bit of stuff. Items like laundry detergent, coffee, and toilet paper. We also have an arts & craft room as well as a playroom for families.   
  • Talk about childhood cancer  – Advocate for those affected by cancer. Sometimes bringing light to a topic is the best way to help.

If you’re interested more in the Stehley family, click here

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