February 16, 2017
Ronald McDonald House Thanks Community for Support in Contest
After coming up a little short the first time, the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey was excited to announce that they are the winners of a national contest.
Members of the organization unveiled the news via social media with a video saying:
“Roses are red, violets are blue, we won $10,000 because of you!”
The staff along with the families currently staying at the house, posted the video to their Facebook page thanking the thousands of people who helped vote them into victory for January’s KIND Challenge.
The Camden-based house will receive $10,000 for getting the most votes for their kind act for serving as a home away from home for families with sick children from all over the country getting medical care in the area. They plan on using the winnings to help with the costs of their transportation fund.
Ronald McDonald House gets support from Roma Bank Foundation
Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey president and executive director Ann Thomas (left) and development director Tina Fiorentino receive a check from Maple Shade Investors Bank branch manager Carol-Anne Peacock, from the Roma Community Bank Foundation for $5,475.
Families are never turned away from Ronald McDonald House Southern New Jersey, even if they can’t pay the required $15 a night toward their stay.
Many families with sick children are stretched to their financial limits, so in 2015, family donations to the House averaged $3.23 per night. That is where Roma Bank’s Community Foundation and GIVE 365 stepped in, by providing a donation of $5,475.
RMHSNJ applied for the grant from the bank foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.
As a GIVE 365 funder, the Roma Community Bank Foundation provides for basic house utilities such as water, gas and electric, regular maintenance to ensure a safe and suitable home environment, and household supplies for areas such as the kitchen and laundry.
According to president and executive director Ann Thomas, 75 percent of the families who stayed at RMHSNJ in 2015 qualified as low-to-moderate-income and were unable to pay for a hotel room or an apartment while their child received medical treatment.
In reality, according to RMHSNJ development director Tina Fiorentino, it costs $86 per night for a family to stay in the house. “Each night, the house hosts up to 25 families. The GIVE 365 donors provide us with considerable assistance,” she said.
“Parents with children (with) serious illnesses or traumatic injuries have enough stress and fear to deal with, so the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House in Camden are an amazing blessing,” said Carol-Anne Peacock, Maple Shade branch manager and Investors Bank assistant vice president.
Investors Bank is a full-service community bank, an FDIC member and Equal Housing Lender, that has been serving customers since 1926. The Investors Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the quality of life in the communities the bank serves. To date, the foundation has dispensed more than $15 million to support initiatives ranging from community and civic improvements to the fight against diseases.
The Ronald McDonald House in Camden is one of 362 houses in 42 countries that offers hope, help and home to critically ill children and their families.
Our House is decorated with Elves in Red and White Socks, our Christmas Tree stands tall and stretches up to the ceiling. The children and their parents are excited, anticipating the arrival of Christmas Day. On December 1st, we celebrated Share A Night with our families and friends, the Jersey Sound choir showcased their beautiful voices and Santa arrived to greet all the children. We counted down: three, two, one, to light up our Christmas Tree and House with festival holiday lights.
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