Ronald McDonald House in need of new van

Ronald McDonald House in need of new van

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Ronald McDonald House is normally a place families can turn to when they are in need. But now, it has a need of its own.

For the nine families currently being cared for, being able to get around is a crucial need.

For the last few years, a white Dodge van has been the organization’s means of transportation for getting children to and from hospitals. Unfortunately, the van is on its last leg, and they’re turning to the public in order to get more reliable transportation.

“It had some transmission issues last year, and we think that the worst thing for a family would be able to transport them to their child and have the van break down on them," executive director Kerry Blumberg said.

She says last year alone, the van made more than 650 trips for families under the House’s care.

They’ve set their sights on raising $50,000 for a new van, and luckily they’re getting a helping hand.

“We received a $25,000 matching grant from Queen of Virginia Skill and Entertainment," Blumberg said. “For every gift we get up to $25,000, they will match that."

The contributions from Queen of Virginia Skill and Entertainment, along with various donors, goes a long way in helping parents like Tracey Gross.

“It’s such a well-oiled machine here," Gross said of her time within the Ronald McDonald House.

Gross and her daughter came here from Delaware for treatment. She does have a car of her own, but she understands how important being able to get around is for her housemates.

“It’s hard to explain to anyone who’s not going through a hard time, how much the smallest inconvenience or obstacle can set you back. To have a nice, new van would make a world of difference for the patients," she said.

Blumberg said they’re hoping to reaching their goal within the next two weeks.

Information on how to donate can be found here.

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