Happy Birthday, Ingrid!

Ingrid and her bear.

Ingrid and her bear.

by Paula Duke

Isn’t she adorable?  Don’t you just want to grab those cheeks?!?! Meet my sweet friend, Ingrid. 🙂  She is about to be one!

You’d never know from this picture that she spent 47 days in the NICU at Dell Children’s Hospital. While she was there, her family made good use of the Family Room – for meeting extended family, having snacks or meals, and even a comfortable place to sleep,  just a few steps away from Ingrid.

That’s our goal with our Family Room program – to provide a place of respite, close by, for a family whose child is in the hospital.  Some people come in to use the computers. Others come in to watch tv. Some just gather there to collect their thoughts and have a moment of peace.  Whatever the need, the Ronald McDonald Family Room is there.

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With locations at St David’s Medical Center, St David’s North Austin Medical Center, as well as Dell Children’s Hospital, and growing, we hope to be where we are needed most.  We served more families last year through our Family Room program than we did at the House!

The bear that you see next to Ingrid was one in a big set of Build-A-Bears that were donated to the Ronald McDonald House last December, courtesy of Dell, Inc. We handed them out to all of the families at the House, as well as walking the NICU floor to offer them to families there.  They brought many smiles! I picked this one out especially for Ingrid because it had on the fancy skirt and the shirt with fancy shoes. {And because I’d seen how her Mom and her Grandmothers had been dressing her up.}  It was a perfect match!

Ingrid’s Mom gets some time away (at least) once a week when Grandma comes over to help.  And what does she do with her free time?? She comes here to the House and volunteers! We are so lucky to have her. (Thank you, Jennifer!!)

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With so much going on around here, there are many ways to give back and help our families:  Adopt a Family Room, Donate something from our Wish List, Volunteer, Make a Meal, join us at our Lights of Love 5K, and our latest fun, the “Angels Sing” movie event.  We’d love to have you involved with us, however it best fits for you.

Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Ingrid!  And if you have a graduate of one of our NICU’s, or have stayed with us here at the House or at one of our Family Rooms, we’d love to see your picture as well!!

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