As I wrote in a previous blog, I have been jumping on the “Thankful Train” and looking for ways to teach my kids to give back. But the more I thought about it, I realized I needed to emulate giving back as well. We usually donate money to charities that are important to us but we didn’t think it was enough to show our kids that we were taking action ourselves. So my husband and I volunteered to be our childrens’ school captains of a charity fun run supporting the local NYC Ronald McDonald House. Over 30 schools in NYC participate with over 1,000 runners. The kids raise money to support their run, in turn supporting the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald website states:
This is a great opportunity for kids to have fun and raise money for an important cause. The mission of Ronald McDonald House is unique: We provide temporary housing for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, and their families, while the child receive treatment at New York’s renowned medical centers. In our 38 years of service, more than 35,000 children from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world have called the New York House their “home-away-from-home.”
The Ronald McDonald Fun Run started 19 years ago and has raised millions of dollars to help keep the Ronald McDonald House updated and stocked with toiletries and other items to make the families stay comfortable.
My husband and I spoke to the parents and kids, sent school-wide emails to increase the number of runners, and to push them to get more financial support from families and friends.
The race was held in Central Park on November 11, 2017. Although, it was extremely cold- the coldest Veteran’s Day in NYC history- our kids and their classmates braved the frigid temperatures with a huge smile and great spirit of “Kids Helping Kids”.
Our school team raised $14,553 with over 100 runners participating. My kids and their classmates’ participation in the Charity Fun Run bring together a sense of community and allow them to help.
I think it’s important for kids to see their parents donating time to support a great cause.
To find out more about the Ronald McDonald House, please check out their website: https://www.rmh-newyork.org
By Claire Lynch