Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta, the House that Love Built, opened its doors in August of 1985. On our first Christmas, RMHNA asked the community for ornaments to decorate the House. Edmonton Needlecraft Guild answered the call and continues donate beautiful hand-sewn ornaments every holiday season.

This year Debbie, past President of the Guild, had an idea for a theme: hearts. She brought her idea to nine-year Guild member Lorraine, who is also a weekly volunteer at RMHNA. Both ladies decided that heart ornaments were a perfect theme based on our history and what the heart represents for our families.


With excitement and fervor, the the Guild began stitching. Jean Ford, Guild member and past President from 1985, put her skills to work and crafted clowns to adorn the tree. On December 4, a few members of the Guild delivered the ornaments and decorated the tree. There were many ‘oohs and aahs’ as families and staff viewd the beautiful adornments, each crafted with love.

Lorraine hopes that House families cherish their ornaments from the tree each year and that the ornaments become a symbol of kindness and memories of RMHNA.


We are constantly blown away by the meaningful and creative support from the community and we’d like to thank the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild for their 30 years of kindness.