Today, a child received the chilling diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. Can you imagine facing this battle with your child, knowing that they may never win? The outcome is incomprehensible; the solution unknown. You would do anything to give your child a fighting chance. But what if the best treatment for your child is across the country? How do you afford the travel or find a place to stay? How do you find hope when you are simply fighting for another day?
These families are facing what may be the most challenging time of their lives, and, at such a time, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides what they need most—a place to call home. For little or no cost, Ronald McDonald House provides families a place to stay near the hospital where their child is receiving medical attention.
Not only does Ronald McDonald House provide a home away from home, it also provides three warm meals a day often provided by caring members of the community. Each month, Southwest Employees across the system are those caring members of the community, giving their time to create and share a meal with RMH families. From shopping for the groceries to preparing the food and sharing the meals together, our Employees are involved every step of the way, displaying the Servant’s Hearts that have always set us apart . I am proud to work for a Company that has supported Ronald McDonald House charities for 27 years.
I served my first meal at the Ronald McDonald House ten years ago, and since then have had the privilege of sharing my passion with our Company. As a member of the Teams who do Community Outreach for Southwest, , I not only manage our partnership with Ronald McDonald House, but also plan the LUV Classic, our annual golf tournament that has raised more than $13 million benefitting Ronald McDonald Charities for nearly three decades. This year’s LUV Classic will be held on Friday, October 5—stay tuned for more details on how to get involved!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to provide a meal to those who need it most, I would encourage you to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your local Ronald McDonald House by visiting www.rmhc.org.
Serving a meal may sound like a small, simple thing to do for families who are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Southwest Employees do more than serve food at the Ronald McDonald House; we serve hope to those who need it most.