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Share a Heart Campaign


www.rmhcozarks.org


By Christy Porter,
Managing Editor

  The 26th Annual Share a Heart Campaign to help local families of ill and injured children is in progress now through the end of February. McDonald’s restaurants and various other locations will have red, pink and gold “adopted” paper hearts on their walls and windows in support of the campaign. The campaign is to raise the funding for the operating expenses at the two Springfield Ronald McDonald Houses. Donations from the private sector provide 100 percent of the operating expenses, which exceed $800,000 annually.
  Donating $1, $5 or $20 to the Share a Heart Campaign will help provide lodging for families who travel to Springfield for medical treatment. In addition it provides hope and comfort during a time of unspeakable hardship, not only to the families lodging at the facilities, but in daytime use of the Houses for those not requiring overnight stays. Programs include home-cooked meals through the organizations Family Dinner Program, dental care, a Family Fund for emergency expenses, laundry facilities, transportation to hospitals and support from volunteers and staff who truly care. A needed and much appreciated benefit is the encouragement and true understanding between the families of the ill children.
  The Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield are a 14-bedroom facility located near Cox South Hospital and a 10-bedroom facility located within Mercy Kids. The average stay for a family in 2018 was ten days. Volunteers and staff keep the houses open 365 days a year, with additional volunteers assisting with outside projects.
  Twenty Texas County families received support and assistance in 2018, with 495 families from Texas County receiving support since Ronald McDonald House near Cox South opened in 1988 and the Mercy Kids house opened in 2012. Over 13,200 families have found a temporary home at the “home-away-from-homes” since their initial opening.
  Donations may also be made at www.rmhcozarks.org.

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