Tuesday, June 5, 2012

No gifts?!

Here's the invite to Jack's cutest little Sesame Street party ever.

Sorry it's a bit blurry... some intentional blurring of address and phone number... and something weird going on with the digital file... Anyway, I wanted to tell you all about a little fundraiser we did for the Ronald McDonald House of Missoula. As you can see at the bottom, instead of gifts (Jack's already doing quite well in that department), we asked our party guests to bring a donation in honor of Jack for his 3rd birthday.  Because of the wonderful work RMH does, and because of our awesome party guests, we were able to raise quite a nice chunk of money that went directly (in a big, fat envelope) to the front desk of the RMH in Missoula.

We absolutely LOVE this organization and the many located all over the world. It's basically a free (or greatly-reduced) place to stay while your child is in the hospital. We have stayed in an RMH twice. Once during our four month NICU stay and once when we went to the feeding clinic in Seattle. Both times we were blown away by how generous these places are. Not only do they provide very nice accommodations (the Missoula RMH is nicer than most hotels), but they feed you - all for free! 

I don't know if you're like us, but we always love to seek out preemie-friendly, local nonprofits to donate to. Sure, the larger organizations are doing great work, but to see the smaller, local places blessed by a donation, well, it just makes my day! 

Thanks to everyone who gave! 

our cutie hanging out with Ronald last year around this time
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Samantha said...

Such a wonderful way to give back in honor of a wonderful little boy!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of the Ronald McDonald organization too... of course, I'm biased as well since my dad is a dentist on the local RMcD Care Mobile. :)

Have a great week, Jack, Jessi, and Jon! :)

-Lindsay B.

Kristi DeLeurere said...

The Ronald McDonald House is amazing! My son's main hospital is 4 hours away, so we have spent many nights in the RMH in Columbus, OH. It is so wonderful to not have to worry about the costs of lodging and food during these stays since we already have to deal with the costs of medical bills and gas! I have gotten my church to start providing a meal one night per month for our local RMH in Morgantown, WV. We also bake cookies and other treats for the parents to snack on during their stay.

Olivia, New Zealand said...

Hi Jessi, Jon and Jack
I stumbled on your blog about three days ago (I can't even remember how I found it!) and couldn't tear myself away.

I have read every single post dating back to Jack's birth.
I have cried looking at the beautiful photographs, Jack's first steps and all of your interactions as a family.

I feel honored to have read such an inspiring account of your experiences. You are a beautiful family. I love how you never let labels define you. Jack is Jack. A handsome little man with an amazing story. He may have some conditions, but he also has a beautiful smile and a very cute and cheeky personality. Those things are so much more important

Jessi said...

Hi Olivia! And thank you for such a sweet comment... made my day to read it! We love to hear from those who happen to stumble upon our blog. Again, thanks so much for the kind words. Means a lot!

Mr and Mrs Hasler said...

What a lovely idea and one I wish we'd though of (maybe next year!). We also stayed in a house funded by Ronald McDonald in Liverpool, England.

Daddy Hasler.