In 2017, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area launched two Hospitality Cart programs; one at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, and one at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Since launching these programs in June 2017, we have served over 2,100 families (5,600 individuals) in area medical centers. We are very grateful to be able to bring these resources right to patient rooms and waiting areas. This would not be possible without the support of our community and generous donors!
We are incredibly grateful to our Hospitality Cart Annual Sponsors. Their contributions assist in easing the day-to-day burdens for caregivers and provide needed resources, pick-me-ups, and family-centered activities. We see every day how the little things like a comb, snack, or toiletry item can make a big difference. The support of our sponsors allows volunteers and staff to deliver treats and activities free of charge, directly to patient rooms, lifting spirits and providing care and comfort.
Please join us in giving a heartfelt shout-out to our annual Hospitality Cart Sponsors:
If you or your company would be interested in joining our Hospitality Cart Annual Sponsor team, please email Kacie@rmhslc.org or call at 801-363-4663.
Not only have we been fortunate enough to have the support of the sponsors listed above, but we are also very thankful for the Eagle Scout projects, church group donation drives, and individual donations that we have received since starting this program.
Hospitality Cart Quotes/Stories
“I love this charity, I have a huge bottle of pop top tabs in my desk right now for you. My brother spent a month living in the house last year with our new niece, our family is forever grateful. It’s so nice to be touched personally in so many way by such a wonderful organization, thank you for all you do” – Hospitality Cart Guest
“Thank you for the brush… you will never know how good it felt to just brush my hair, we came in through the ER and you are a lifesaver.” – Hospitality Cart Guest
“We were treated wonderfully! Thank you and we got to be there for the ribbon cutting for the Ronald McDonald Cart and had a wonderful time! – Hospitality Cart Guest
“Working with the RMHC hospitality cart is such an honor, each day and each door we open is an opportunity to make someone’s day a little better, easier or give them something that comforts them at a time in their lives that is so important. It’s an honor to be part of their lives and bring kindness from all that support our mission of keeping families close.” – Leslie Herold, ORMC Hospitality Cart Coordinator
“The cart has been an amazing addition to our hospital and mission, we are very lucky to have it serving our families! All I keep hearing from staff and families is how awesome the cart is and how nice the RMHC team is.” – Jennifer Urbina, Resource Navigator for Shriners Hospital
“The hospitality cart at Ogden Regional has been absolutely wonderful. We have a dedicated employee who takes the cart around our hospital and offers items to our patients and their families. Not only is she warm, caring and approachable, but she really helps our families feel comforted and welcome – which is very important when their child is sick. The Hospitality Cart has been a great success here at Ogden Regional and we are extremely grateful to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for their dedication to serving our patients and their families.” – Tiffany Burnett, Assistant Administrator, ORMC
“It is great for families to have access to things they might need after a long day of medical appointments.” – Hospital staff member
Spirit of Children Gala Sponsorships
The greatest time of the year is here – well, OK, the OTHER greatest time of the year… The 2018 Spirit of Children Gala will be held at the Grand America Hotel on April 28th, and we couldn’t be more excited for this event. The theme is exotic, the entertainment stellar, the guest list glittering – and the only thing that could make it better is YOU! Each year, the Gala raises money to support the families of children undergoing medical treatment at area hospitals, and the silent auction is a major part of the event. We are reaching out to individuals and businesses who might be interested in making a positive impact simply by donating items or services to be purchased by Gala attendees, and we’d love to include you on our incredible roster of supporters! Please email Jennifer@rmhslc.org with any questions, to receive a donation form or make any arrangements; and feel free to contact Stephanie@rmhslc.org for any information about the event. (Or call us at 801-363-4663!)
If you’re interested in playing a larger part in the success of the Gala, please consider becoming a sponsor. The mission of RMHC is to surround families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children, which is carried out through two core programs. The Ronald McDonald House, with 72 guest family rooms, offers caregivers the chance to stay close to treatment centers for as long as needed, while the two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Primary Children’s Hospital allow overnight stays for parents and guardians. Both are filled with resources and home-like amenities to ease daily stresses and help families be stronger together. These programs are made possible by the generosity of business, organization, and individual partners who serve as event sponsors. At the 2017 Spirit of Children Gala we were able to raise over a million dollars thanks to this incredible community! Don’t miss out – sign up for your sponsorship today by contacting Vickie@rmhslc.org or calling 801-363-4663.
Laughter brings friends together, lifts the heart, and tones the abs! Please join our Red Shoe Society for their annual Comedy Night at Wise Guys Salt Lake on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7pm. This event is usually brought to you in February, but we’ve decided that seeing headliner, Joe Machi from NYC is worth the wait! Stay tuned for more information about this event, and purchasing tickets to laugh the night away!
Tickets will be on sale March 15th through our website.
Thirty years of serving families through Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area means thirty years of incredible donors and partners! We’d like to send a huge shout-out to one of the dedicated companies that has not only played a big part in the work that we’ve done over the last few years, but has also stepped up to serve as one of our 30th Anniversary Sponsors. ThomasARTS is an independent ad agency with offices in Washington DC, New York City, and – lucky for us! – Salt Lake City, Utah. Their mission is to help people connect, and they’ve applied that focus to helping the community connect with RMHC. They have donated countless hours, energy, talent, and resources to building awareness for the Charity, and to making our website attractive and accessible… and to putting together an absolutely PHENOMENAL marketing package to promote RMHC over the next year! (Trust us – between billboards, radio and TV PSAs, and print work you’ll definitely hear about our Thirty Years of Gratitude in the coming months!)
THANK YOU to ThomasARTS for everything you’ve done, and for all that’s still to come. Our partners make a world of difference in the lives of the families and pediatric patients that we serve, and we’re honored you’ve made our mission part of your professional journey!
Hospitality Cart Volunteer
The delightful Kathy Christensen has been volunteering with the Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart at Ogden Regional Medical Center since July 2017. A resident of Ogden, she and her husband Randy love spending time with family members (including a sweet new grandbaby). Kathy also volunteers with the hospital’s therapy animal program, where she visits patients with a cat named Pansy or with Chummily, a friendly Saint Bernard. When she’s not volunteering, Kathy and Randy might be found driving their 1930’s Model A Ford to car shows with the Beehive A’s vintage vehicle club.
We are so lucky to have Kathy as part of our RMHC team! One of her favorite parts about volunteering with RMHC is “…seeing the smiles from families and how thankful they are. Also, being able to make a sibling’s day with a cute toy or finding the perfect thing they forgot or need makes volunteering with the cart a joy and special experience each day.” It’s not vintage, but the Hospitality Cart with Kathy at the wheel is definitely an exciting show!
* * * * *
Spending a couple of hours a week helping with a Hospitality Cart is a wonderful way to get involved – click here for more ideas and options!