St. Edward collects more than 1000 items for Ronald McDonald House

September 24, 2010

Each year St. Edward Mercy recognizes Mercy Week. The weeklong celebration leads up to Mercy Day, Sept. 24, the day Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley opened the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland and began the ministry that St. Edward Mercy carries on today.

Ronald McDonald shown here with

the Rehab Staff at St. Edward's.

Each year St. Edward Mercy recognizes Mercy Week. The weeklong celebration leads up to Mercy Day, Sept. 24, the day Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley opened the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland and began the ministry that St. Edward Mercy carries on today. As part of Mercy Week events, St. Edward Mercy co-workers collected toiletry, food pantry and wish list items for the Ronald McDonald Family Room opening this fall inside the Medical Center.

On Wednesday, Ronald McDonald himself made the rounds of the facility picking up co-worker donations. More than 20 departments gave generously donating everything from toothbrushes and snack items to printers and refrigerators. In all, more than 1000 items were collected. The items ensure the family room will be fully stocked when it opens in November.

The 2, 475 square foot Ronald McDonald Family Room is currently under construction on the fourth floor of the Women’s Center. It is designed to provide a comforting place for parents of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or other hospitalized children to rest and relax during the day while a child is in admittance to the Medical Center. It will also have four sleeping rooms to provide overnight accommodations. Parents who live more than 30 miles away from Mercy will be able to spend the night while their child is hospitalized.

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