January 2021

Christmas Morning at The House
While Christmas morning looked and felt different than other years, it was still a special occasion for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. Meals were prepared and delivered thanks to our amazing 2020 Grand Givers and our Adopt-A-Meal volunteers. Additionally, the Moon Family volunteered once again to help Santa safely deliver presents to families staying on site.
We Made the Match!
We met the match!!! Back in December, Intermountain Healthcare and Regence BlueCross BlueShield issued a $100,000 challenge to help underwrite emergency food and lodging expenses related to COVID-19 care this past year. And with all of your help, we met the match! Thank you for caring for our mission and our families. We could not do what we do without the support of our partners and donors like you!
2021 Meal Calendar
With the beginning of the new year it is also the beginning of a new Adopt-A-Meal calendar and new opportunities to support our families.

As many of you know, with the onset of COVID-19, we have not been able to welcome volunteer meal groups onsite at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room. And yet, we continue to need your help now more than ever!

We have come up with a modified plan for community members to support our meal program by signing up to either provide financial support to cover a meal or to order and arrange delivery for individual, catered meals to the Ronald McDonald House. We need your help to provide as many meals as possible.

Heart-shaped Wildflower Seed Paper & Stay Close Pin/Charms for Valentine’s Day!
Are you looking for a meaningful Valentine’s Gift? When you purchase something from our store, you not only get a great gift for your loved one – you help a pediatric patient family who is being served by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Our Heart-shaped Wildflower Seed Paper and and Stay Close Pins and Charms are great gifts.

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Gala Sponsorship Packet
The 2021 Gala Sponsorship Packet is now available. The theme this year is “There’s No Place Like Home and No Time Like Now.” We are hoping to be able to have a smaller, safe in-person event and are ready to go virtual if necessary.

We would love for you to join us. You can support us by purchasing a table, becoming a sponsor, or putting together a gift basket for our silent auction valued at $100 or more. All of the proceeds from these activities go to help support families caring for their ill or injured child.

We hope you can join us – in person or virtually – on Saturday, April 24, 2021 for our Spirit of Children Gala.

If you have any additional questions, you can reach our Events Manager, Stephanie@rmhslc.org or at 801-363-4663.  We hope to see you!

Gala Packet
Look Back at 2020
This year was a different year than most with unique challenges. And we still had a wonderful time delivering our mission in every possible way. Please enjoy our video as we look back at 2020!
Looking for a New Year’s Resolution?
There are a lot of ways to get involved!
At the beginning of the year it is a shared tradition to take stock of what we want to invite into our lives and the improvements we want to make for the coming year. It is no surprise that many people value community involvement as a high priority and are looking for ways to become more engaged.
At Ronald McDonald House Charities, we have a variety of ways for you to directly get involved in our work and impact the families that stay with us. Below are some options and resources to get more involved in 2021.

Wish List items 
Pop Tabs (which are recycled to provide funds for our programs)

Adopt-A-Meal at the House or the Family Room at Primary Children’s Hospital

Plan your legacy and write a Free Will

Become a Monthly Donor
(Your $5 monthly donation helps to keep our shelves stocked with food items and toiletries that our families rely upon.)

We wish you a Happy New Year and good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions!

Health Tip From Hannah
Hannah Wilde, our new behavioral health and palliative care specialist, has put together some ideas for healthy living during COVID-19.

COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives. We are offered recommendations to support our physical health, but what about our mental health? We believe our mental health is just as important, which is why we have included three tips below to help support mental health during this pandemic.

Tip # 1: Limit our exposures. It is easy to be bombarded with current events through the news, social media posts, friends, and the radio. If staying informed is important to you, then find a balance between tuning in and giving yourself space. Watch the news for a few minutes then turn the T.V. off and engage in activities that are meaningful to you. Play with your kids, go outside, read a book, cook, etc.

Tip #2: Learn your stressors. You will be better prepared to intervene and cope with your stressors if you can find out what spikes your stress (e.g., watching the news, talking to a specific friend or relative, kids fighting at home, etc.). Similar to how you might take something when you have an upset stomach, you can learn to pair coping skills of your choice with stressors to help mitigate spikes in your stress response. For example, actively use deep breathing or go for a walk when something causes your stress level to rise.

Tip # 3: Act now. There are many things happening in the world that we have little or no control over. But we do have control over ourselves. When you feel overwhelmed or helpless, focus on a movement or action you can do. Some examples include stretching, going for a walk, getting a cold drink of water, or taking a hot shower. This can help us reconnect with our bodies in the present and gives less focus to the past or future worries.

Facebook Birthdays 2021
In 2020, so many of you held Facebook birthday fundraisers that benefitted RMHC. In fact, you raised more than $11,000. In addition to that money, Nate Wade Subaru provided a FB Birthday match of $5,000 making the grand total $16,000 raised to help pediatric patient families because you were all born!
Thank you for sharing your special day with us and helping us implement our mission of supporting families when they need it the most!

If you have a birthday coming up and would like to create a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser for RMHC, click button below.

Happy Birthday!