Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wish list with a purpose: Ronald McDonald House

On Sundays we'll do things a little different: instead of focusing on what I think is shiny and cool, Sundays are devoted to some great non-profits that have wish lists of their own. Today's non-profit is the Ronald McDonald House Charities, especially the Houses themselves. This is a great organization that provides a place for families to stay when they need to travel when their children are undergoing medical treatments. The Houses provide home-cooked meals, private bedrooms and play areas, with all the services provided by volunteers.

Each House has its own wish list, but something are ubiquitously needed: travel size soaps, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, disposable razors, toothbrushes, energy efficient light bulbs, disinfectant spray, bottle water and gift cards to home improvement, office supply and grocery stores.

This is such an easy charity to help, especially if you are a traveler. Collect the unopened hotel soaps and shampoos, find your local RMH and donate. The RMHC also has a pop-tab collection program, which is a ridiculously easy way to donate: just keep the tabs off the pop/soda/canned beverages you already drink.

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