Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta provides a home-away-from-home for over 1,000 families each year and we love when our families share their stories. The Gilmer Family shared this story (edited for publishing).
From The Gilmer family:
We are the Gilmer family!
The anticipated arrival of our twin boys brought us from Southwest Georgia to Augusta for their delivery. We were made aware early on during the pregnancy that one of our sons had an abdominal wall birth defect (omphalocele).
Due to this birth defect it was recommended that we deliver at a children’s hospital with a pediatric surgeon on staff, meaning that we would have to travel from our home to deliver. With all of the stress associated with a twin pregnancy/delivery and then a complication to arise, we were faced with even more decisions that had to be made, financially and travel wise.
The staff at CHOG referred us to the Ronald McDonald House!
The Ronald McDonald House provided an answer to a number of the burdens that we were facing. We were provided with a location to stay while awaiting the delivery of our sons, and it has since allowed us to stay close to the hospital while both of our sons are in the NICU.
Knowing that we have a place that is close to our sons and that is accommodating for family to visit has provided a great sense of relief to us. There is no way that we could have been able to stay this close to the hospital without the assistance of this great organization. The Ronald McDonald House has exceeded all of our expectations and the staff/volunteers have been amazing.
We are blessed that this charity is available to families such as ours during this time.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta serves over 1,000 families each year. Our volunteer run community kitchen serves over 15,000 meals, and our volunteers and families run over over 5,000 loads of laundry every year.
We hope that this story has inspired you to get involved and help families just like this one. The staff, our volunteers and the Board of Directors thank the Gilmer family for sharing their story and we hope everyone will get involved.
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