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Students Use Classrooms Skills to Collect Donations for Ronald McDonald House

Published on March 1, 2017 by Brooke Tervola

Broadview University’s (BVU) professional communications class volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House of Utah for their applied learning project of the quarter. The goal of the project was to give back with utilizing communication strategies practiced in the classroom.

Business administration student Keith Nelville and his classmates decided to seek gift basket donations for the Ronald McDonald House by making brochures and a short informative video that they presented around campus. The students also reached out via email, posters and personal contacts for donations.

“The project really had an impact on me, as I have a friend that was there years ago, and I was able to use my communication and teamwork skills we learned in class,” said Keith.

The students collected shampoo, conditioner, combs, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, and hand sanitizer; all items needed by the people staying at the Ronald McDonald house.

“My heart was full when I left our visit to the Ronald McDonald House,” said medical assisting student Terran Butler. “The devotion and care that the staff members give to the families and/or individuals was so inspirational that made an impact on me.”

Tarren added this might be a new chapter of volunteering in her life just from this project.

About The Ronald McDonald House of Utah:

The Ronald McDonald House of Utah is a home-away-from-home organization made up of 72 rooms that run fully on donations. They offer families of pediatric patients who are receiving specialty care from specialty hospitals a place to stay while their children are being cared for at the hospitals.

There are many people who come from miles away who may be staying anywhere from days to months. Before families or individuals can stay at the Ronald McDonald House, they are required to have a referral from the family’s case worker or doctor.

“Thanks to the Ronald McDonald House and the people who started it all, it gave every family who is going through a rough time, a peace of mind and hope that things will be better in the end,” said business administration student Jonikesha Shields.

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