By KELSEY CARROLL
Instead of breaking ground on the new site, the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Missouri recently reopened its old facility after an unexpected run-in with Mother Nature.
The house was damaged after a sump pump broke, which led to flooding after heavy rains in late July, according to a Ronald McDonald House press release. After closing the facility for nearly a month, it reopened its doors to the families of sick and injured children during the first week of September. It has downsized to from 14 to 10 rooms and the 24-hour laundry, the conference room and the large family room are closed because of the damage, the release stated.
The entire repair cost about $20,000 and hours of volunteer work, both of which were donated by local businesses and individuals, the release stated.
The house is on the corner of Monk Drive and Stadium Boulevard. There has been an effort to raise $2.6 million since November 2009 to build a new facility in the Woodridge neighborhood on the corner of Lansing Avenue and Portland Street. Shannon de Leon, director of Development and Communications, said they have collected more than $750,000. None of the money was used for flood damage repair.
“Funds from the Building a House to Call Home Campaign are designated for the building project,” de Leon said.
The new location would put families at the facility within walking distance to the new MU Women’s and Children’s Hopsital.
De Leon said they plan to break ground at the new site once they reach $1.3 million. The house received $100,000 in the form of a Ronald McDonald House Charities Global Expansion Grant. Many local businesses are holding events and donating portions of the profits to the new house campaign. Triple Wonders Photography will donate 100 percent of its sitting fees in October to Ronald McDonald House.
“The house relies heavily on community support to stay in operation, not only through monetary donations, but also through countless hours of personal time committed by volunteers,” de Leon said.
For more information about how to donate or participate in planned fundraising events, call Tammy Laughlin at 443-7666 or visit www.rmhcmidmo.org.