On Friday, Dec. 7, the 2013 Cinnaminson Cooperstown baseball team gave back by teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House in Camden. The team officials at the Ronald McDonald House and asked, “How can we help?”
We collected laundry detergent, pillows and cereal for the families living at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are in the hospital getting the medical attention they so desperately need. We also collected toys for the children for Christmas.
While we dropped off our “treasures,” Ronald McDonald House employee Lauren gave us a guided tour of the house. We started on the third floor where we toured a toddler room filled with riding toys and a jungle gym. The second floor featured a giant game room with an Eagles Village surrounded by a train set which was donated by a local family. The first floor had a living area complete with a Christmas Village display. We learned all the rooms are adopted by local families or charities which supply the décor and maintain the rooms.
While there we met a young girl in a wheelchair who had just recently had her eighth surgery on her legs, a little boy who when he came was in a wheelchair but was now walking with a walker and a baby who was recently separated from her conjoined twin. We also met a group of young men from Rowan University making dinner for the families.
We saw the giant United States map and the world map which showed all the Ronald McDonald House locations throughout the world. These maps have pins placed where all the families that have come to stay at the Camden location call home.
Many families are separated from their loved ones because only so many can stay in the Ronald McDonald House. Some parents are separated from each other and other children are left back at their home with other family members for schooling. We met one mother who was excited that she will soon be reunited with her four year old who has been back at home but is coming for Christmas.
We learned how lucky we truly are to be healthy and are grateful for all we have. Good job boys!