For months we had been dreaming of bringing our newborn baby home from the hospital. But sadly, our son, Oscar, couldn't leave intensive care. Fluid filled his lungs during delivery. He had to receive antibiotics and recover in the hospital for the next ten days.
Thanks to friends like you, we were never far from our newborn. You gave us a loving place to stay close to baby Oscar. Even though we only live 40 miles away, being close by the hospital was a must for us. The staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House were welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond provided a safe, comfortable place to sleep, hot meals, and so much more. They even offered transportation to and from the hospital so that we could be with Oscar as much as possible. Our two older sons, Oliver and Otto, felt right at home in the playroom and took advantage of the toys and lounge areas.
Finally Oscar was well enough to go home. Today, he's a healthy and very happy little boy. But we will never forget the gift you gave our family - the time we got to spend near Oscar during his first frightening days. Thank you for giving worried families a place to heal together. Your support of RMHC is truly the gift of togetherness for families like ours. (photography by Melissa Brugh.)
The Giles Family