Author: Martin

Anna is our Summer Student Meals Coordinator, and she planned a fantastic birthday surprise for her partner: Buying gifts for adults is always a conundrum. What can I get that means something and is practical? Most adults don’t need much. At my house, my partner and I often give and receive gift cards that we end…

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve outgrown our previous name and are now officially Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta (RMHCNA). This may seem like a small change, but it means big progress for our House. The new “Charities” designation reflects our House becoming a chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC). This is an…

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I walked into the kitchen last week and witnessed something extremely special. One of our volunteers was cleaning our ovens in the family kitchens. A little girl locked her gaze on our volunteer and crawled out of her booster seat to get a napkin. She proceeded to dip her napkin in her water and clean her table all…

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I had the great fortune of visiting the Ronald McDonald House® inLos Angeles and I was so inspired to witness the care being provided to all the families. An organization called the Beauty Bus Foundation stopped by to provide over 125 services (hair cuts, hair styles, pedicures, manicures and facials). People felt their community, smiles…

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Joel and his family have stayed at RMHNA over 830 days throughout his young life. Over the years and all through his struggle, Joel has found great comfort in going to the beat of his own drum. Where he finds joy and comfort surprises and inspires us every day and his wish list for Christmas was no…

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Nigel, who is six years old, had one wish for Christmas. He wanted to be Santa and deliver toys to RMHNA. On the morning of Christmas Eve, Nigel’s parents delivered him a special letter from Santa saying his wish had come true. Nigel came to RMHNA in full costume later that afternoon and delivered toys to the…

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In December 2010, one of our families was eager to go home for Christmas and they really wanted to track down a Wolf Mountain Playset for their son Jaxin. Jaxin had to wait for an appointment with his doctor on December 20 to review test results. None of us knew what a Wolf Mountain Playset…

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One of the children staying at RMHNA was only able to eat one food while undergoing chemotherapy: McDonald’s® pickles. Not Bick’s, not Vlassic. Only McDonald’s® pickles. A local Owner/Operator got the call and the following day over 30 pounds of pickles were delivered by Birdie and the Hamburglar with staff from McDonald’s®. He was able to enjoy…

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One of our families staying with us had three children and the two girls favourite thing to play was Barbies. Paige was nine, Brooke was seven, and Connor was three. At the time, all the playhouses at Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta were too small for Barbies to stand up. They either had to sit or lay…

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Walking through the kitchen the other day I came upon a scene that couldn’t help but make me smile. Eli was eating his breakfast and enjoying every bit of the experience. He was perfectly content and perfectly happy. Mom and grandma were soaking up the moment and loving every minute. This perfectly normal moment was…

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