December News from the Executive Director

As we move into the Holiday Season, the Ronald McDonald House Charities moves into its Season of Giving. We are so thankful for the contributions of the community this season, as #GivingTuesday kicked it off on Tuesday, December 2. We have been blessed with donations of Christmas presents to allow our families to feel a sense of “Home” this season.

Happy Holidays

We hope that you all have great plans and are looking forward to spending the end of the year with your families and those closest to you. As we wrap up 2014 we want to say “Thank You” to each and everyone one of you. It is because of the support we have received, that we can help our families together.

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The year 2014 has been a busy one and we have big plans for 2015 that will help us provide resources to many more families. We cannot wait to share those with you.  My last request of the year comes from the heart. Our Share a Night Program allows the community to donate $15 to provide a nights stay for a family. This means that $270 can provide a nights stay for every family at our House. We encourage you to make a donation to give back this month and you can do so here.

Happy Holidays and Thank You – From our Family to Yours


2014 Family Christmas Party

Every year we gather our Ronald McDonald House families, invite our own families and celebrate the Holiday’s. It is our goal to provide a “home away from home” for our families and during the Holiday Season, that is ever so important. Our night started with the generous folks from the Linden Lions Club, who year after year have prepared a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy.

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As the crowd gathered outside to watch the lighting of the House, the Sierra High School Choir filled the air with beautiful Christmas Carols.

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As dinner was served they continued to bring joy to our families  with their fun renditions of classic songs.

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The end of the night was filled with good talks, great laughs, fun crafts and of course, meeting Santa! He took requests and gave presents out to each child.

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We had a blast and are so thankful to celebrate togetherness. We could not do this without you!


November News from the Executive Director

Our organization has felt an overwhelming amount of support from the community throughout the year. We are able to provide a home for our families because of that support. As our events are coming to a close, we are reflecting on the impact you all have made on our House.

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In September, a group of 65+ runners journeyed 135 miles from the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House to ours here next to Children’s Hospital Central California. The drive it took for this group to make such an incredible trip was truly incredible. In October, we held our 3rd Annual FORE! the House Golf Tournament which broke numerous records in providing income for our House. We also held a campaign to raise awareness for our charity. Thank you so much to all who purchased a pair of socks and showed your support. Finally, we held our 8th Annual Red Heart Ball on Saturday, November 8th. Over 450 guests joined us to celebrate our mission, and helped us to surpass more goals.

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As we move into the Holiday season, we are constantly trying to make our families feel at Home. If you, your co-workers, friends or family are looking for a different way to celebrate this season, please keep us in mind. Cooking holiday meals, decking the halls, wrapping presents are just some of the opportunities we have.


Four Years Later

For the past three years, Sandra Vega has prepared lunch for our families on November 13. This is the day that her unborn son, Diego, passed away. She remembers him by giving back to the current families staying the Ronald McDonald House.

In 2010, Sandra underwent surgery to have her two sons, Diego and Armando. Even though she knew Diego would be still born, she was able to see him and spend some time with him. Armando was taken to Children’s Hospital Central California to be monitored while he grew. The month he was being treated was not easy, but staying at the Ronald McDonald House made it so much easier on Sandra.

“I remember how helpful it was when I would come back to a home cooked meal, there were times I was too exhausted to even think about cooking.”

Sandra wants to make sure that these families know someone is there for them when they are going through this hard time.

“I want them to know it is going to be ok. This is how I deal with today, I want to give back.”

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Diego will be turning 4 on November 23 and has made his mom so proud throughout the years.

“He definitely has enough energy for two” Sandra says. “He is so into garbage. Garbage cans, garbage trucks, anything garbage. He dressed up as a garbage can for Halloween. You would never know he was a preemie.”

Last year it was BBQ chicken and this year our families were served homemade torte’s served with freshly made salsa. As the families eat to maintain their energy, the sense of community and togetherness fills our living room.

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If you are interested in cooking a meal for our families please contact Sven at Sven@RMHCcv.org or call 559-261-3667. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available every day of the year.


Family Fun Weekends: November 7th-10th

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Central Valley Takes steps for Crohn’s and Colitis:

Come out and take steps for Crohn’s and colitis with the community walk to raise awareness and funds for the cure. This family friendly event will be filled with live music, food, kids entertainment, and educational materials. 80 cents of every dollar raised goes to research, education, and patient support across our nation.

Admission:

Free to participate

Everyone encouraged to donate if able

Where:

Woodward Regional Park

Group Activity Area

7775 North Friant Rd

Fresno, CA 93720

When:

Saturday November 8th

Time:

1pm-4pm

Walk starts at 2pm

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Family Fall Portraits:

Don’t let the fall season pass you by! Come by to get you family fall portraits at River Park for children, adults, and families. I can be a testimony to the great quality pictures I have seen. They have wonderful fall backdrops and props to appear your outside. It is in River Park in front of the IMAX Theater.

Admission:

Family packages starting at $20

Where:

River Park

250 East Paseo Del Centro

Fresno, CA 93720

When and Time:

Friday 5pm-9pm

Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 11am-8pm

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Holiday Boutique:

An enormous Holiday Boutique to kick off the Holiday season! This two-story event will hold 50 vendors with baked goods, lunch, homemade pies, and hundreds of gift baskets. The more the merrier! Invite your friends and family for a day of fun.

Admission:

FREE entry

FREE parking

Where:

Northside Christian Church

2709 East Nees Avenue

Clovis, CA 93611

When:

Saturday November 8th

Time:

8am-1pm

 

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Movie Night on the Farm:

How fun is this!!! Family movie night will be showing “How to Train your Dragon 2”. Bring your blankets and chairs for your own comfort. Plastic folding chairs will be provided however; your family might want something a little more comfortable since barn floor is cement.

Admission:

FREE

Feel free to bring your own picnic dinner and eat before the movie

Concessions available for purchase

Where:

McKellar Family Farms

32985 Road 164

Ivanhoe, CA 93235

When:

Monday, November 10th

(Visalia Unified is closed the following day for Veteran’s Day)

Time:

5pm-8pm

Have a wonderful weekend everybody; This weekend and every weekend!

I have enjoyed posting about upcoming Family Fun Events over the past 8 weeks!

Hope you have enjoyed them!


Kids Helping Kids

One of the greatest joys of our job at the House is getting to watch people support our mission. Seeing members of our community spend their time and money helping us give families hope, leaves us in such awe.

What amazes us even more is when that community member is a kid.

Alexander Asmar is a sophomore at Clovis North High School and has been a Central Valley Ronald McDonald House advocate for almost two years.

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He decided to start donating pantry items, fresh produce, meats, and fruits for meals for our families after finding out from a friend that it was needed. He never thought his donation would become a 8-10 times a year gift to the house.

I enjoy the feeling I get when giving back. I know I’ve done something good for people in my community and families that really need it.

When Alexander isn’t donating to us, he’s busy practicing his golf game in preparation for matches on the Clovis North Golf Team and being a member of the Armenian Club and FCA. Clearly, he’s got a busy schedule, but still makes time to solicit and deliver donations to us.

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We asked him why he thought other kids his age should get involved.

I think until you come down here, you don’t know how many families this place really supports. Its such an easy way to get involved and help. Everyone can find an extra snack or pantry item and get it down here.  If there’s someone out there that wants to help collect items, I’ll make sure they get to the Ronald McDonald House.

If you’d like to follow Alexander’s lead and start supporting our meals program. Email Info@RMHCcv.org


Family Fun Weekends: October 31st-November 2nd

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Family Fall Portraits:

Don’t let the fall season pass you by! Come by to get you family fall portraits at River Park for children, adults, and families. I can be a testimony to the great quality pictures I have seen. They have wonderful fall backdrops and props to appear your outside. It is in River Park in front of the IMAX Theater.

Admission:

Family packages starting at $20

Where:

River Park

250 East Paseo Del Centro

Fresno, CA 93720

When and Time:

Friday 5pm-9pm

Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 11am-8pm

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Good Company Players Presents The Addams Family:

The delightful frightful musical comedy the whole family can enjoy. This live musical is about the original creepy, kooky, spooky family perfect for the fall season.

Rated PG

Admission:

Ticket sales call:

(559) 266-9494

Where:

Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

1226 North Wishon Ave

Fresno, CA 93728

When and Time:

Friday 5:30pm

Saturday: 5:30pm

Sunday 11am or 5pm

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Halloween Bash:

This citywide Halloween bash is open to all families. Free candy at trick or treat street stations, free bounce house fun, and free pony rides. Event will also include food vendors, music, games, and life size characters. This is a safe environment in a gated huge parking lot

Admission:

FREE to all

Where:

Celebration Church

100 West Ashlan Ave

Clovis, CA 93612

When:

Friday October 31st

Time:

6pm-9pm

Happy Halloween

Shed the Zombie:

This organization is about kids feeling “brain-dead” to get active and moving. This Halloween party will include a monster slide, beastly bounce house, awesome obstacle course, craft booths, carnival games, hotdogs, and snacks. Fun for the whole family; come out and shed that zombie and get out and play!

Admission:

Free family event

Where:

Dry Creek Park

Corner of Alluvial and Clovis Ave.

Clovis, CA 93612

When:

Friday October 31st

Time:

4:30pm-8pm


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