Delivering Little Baskets of Love on Valentine’s Day
Published on March 13, 2014 by Tiffany Coleman
(BOISE) There is more to criminal justice than just enforcing the law. To show that students in the program at the Broadview University-Boise campus also have a lot of heart, they made a special delivery to the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. They delivered 19 special baskets filled with all kinds of Valentine’s Day treats that the kids staying there would love.
The Ronald McDonald House—conveniently located near two of the largest hospitals in the Boise area—is a place where hundreds of families stay a year. They come from neighboring states and as far away as Alaska.
The goal is to give these families a home away from home while their children are receiving critical medical care. The house, which was donated by the Simplot family, is part of a national nonprofit organization; all stays are free of cost to the family. On any given night, 19 families can comfortably spend the night in the enormous house.
The students did everything on their own. They shopped, stuffed, and then delivered the baskets which were filled with stuffed animals, candy, coloring books, crayons and more. They were given a tour of the facility during their delivery so that they could see where their donations were going.
They learned that the massive house is a far cry from where it started more than 25 years ago. With only four bedrooms at the time, it was once the smallest Ronald McDonald House in the world. Their tour ended with the satisfaction of knowing that their donation made a difference.
”We are very appreciative of your wonderful donation,” Megan Schuelke, the house coordinator, said. “[The baskets] were a great help and joy. Your support helps provide some relief to our families and guest in their time of need.”
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