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Happy World Sleep Day!

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Have you ever laid on a comfortable mattress and let the muscles you didn’t know were tense relax? We’ve all been there, but for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, that might be their first restful moment of the day. Whether they’ve been surrounded by beeping machines in the NICU with their premature baby or are dealing with a racing mind thinking of upcoming chemotherapy treatments their child soon endure, we know families need a good night’s sleep. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ partnership with Tempur Sealy International, families can rest their bodies and recharge their minds on our wonderful Tempur-Pedic mattresses that they generously donated 

Thank you to the Tempur Sealy International team for providing 34 mattresses for our 17 guest rooms to help our families get a good night’s rest and stay strong for their children receiving medical treatment. This contribution makes a tremendous impact on our families so they can continue to care for and support their sick child in the hospital 

 

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Meet the Hulen Family

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“I was super scared when I found out I was having quintuplets,” Megan Hulen said. She and her husband Josh were a mix of ecstatic and terrified when doctors told them they were about to welcome in five babies, a one in 43 million chance.

When doctors advised the couple to deliver in Fargo, 278 miles from their hometown of Surrey, ND, Megan and Josh had a million questions, but after discovering there was a Ronald McDonald House, they felt instant relief. Familiar with Ronald McDonald House Charities after the birth of their second son in Colorado they knew they could once again count on RMHC!

“Being pregnant with that many babies made me high-risk, and it was already stressful not knowing what was coming or how things would progress. Staying at the House helped tremendously as it took a lot of stress off me, not just financially, but we were able to have our family together,” Megan said looking back.

For 73 nights, the Hulen’s stayed with their two boys – stress and cost-free! On September 2, 2020, within a matter of minutes, Allison, Madison, Emma, Adam, and Chloe were born with little complication – the first set of quintuplets in North Dakota!

To hear the full story, make sure to register for this year’s virtual Sweetheart Ball! Program and silent auction bidding is free, but you can order a Sweetheart Ball in a Box delivered straight to your door. Don’t wait! https://www.rmhcfargo.org/events/sweetheart-ball/

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“Home Away from Home” for the Holidays

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The holiday season is stressful enough… add in a pandemic… and a sick child, and you have many families with a big weight on their shoulders. We want to ease every burden a family may have while they’re staying with us and that includes Christmas shopping!  

As you walk into our conference room, you’re met with much more than a typical meeting space. There are shelves surrounding the walls and toys galore on each shelf. We make sure to have a little something for everyone as moms shop for sons, dads shop for daughters, or sons and daughters shop for moms and dads. Holiday movies play in the background as families enter, wide-eyed and thankful for the experience to choose whatever they’d like for the people they love most – family!  

During one shopping trip with a family, a mom looked over wide-eyed and bewildered and said “This is all donated?” It’s an honor to help parents look for things they know their children will love. “He loves LEGOs so I think he will love this LEGO set,” the mom said as she looked for a gift for her middle son.  

We were even able to share some Christmas spirit with the families using our Ronald McDonald Family Room at Essentia Health when we delivered a bundle of gifts for each family! Each basket was filled with gifts for the whole family – patients, siblings, and parents. 

This experience is made possible by the tremendous support of so many businesses and individuals in this community! Without you, we could not give the biggest gift of the season: peace of mind.  

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, from our joy-filled House to yours!  

 

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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!

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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.