Christmas in July at the Ronald McDonald House is truly a magical time. Thirteen years ago, the goal of the event was to bring holiday cheer to the families staying at the House; it soon became a tradition. A tradition that has continued to be carried out by the RMHFW staff, Student Volunteers (StuVo) and all of our holiday time friends.
Christmas Eve in July is when the House transforms into a winter wonderland! The hallway railing is decorated with garland, the Christmas tree stands tall and bright in the dining room and the tables are gift-wrapped with care. The evening is filled with fun activities including face painting, rock art decorating, hot chocolate sipping and a popcorn-movie night for all of the families to enjoy. When the House is asleep, volunteers go door-to-door delivering stockings. They are filled with small toys and snacks, accompanied with a blanket and a stuffed animal. The small gifts build up the excitement for Santa Claus comin’ to town on “Christmas Day”!
The next morning begins with a hearty breakfast and a visit from the big man himself and Mrs. Claus, along with the whole North Pole crew. Families were very eager to take their picture with Santa and soon the halls were filled with the sound of laughter and racing remote-controlled cars. Later that evening, there was a surprise visit from Princesses with a Purpose, who enchanted the House with their magic. The day ended with a complete holiday dinner, prepared with love by Coleson’s F.R.O.G.
Having the opportunity to be part of this event has been an incredible experience, and would not have been possible without the time, effort and dedication of all of our staff and volunteers. We greatly appreciate all the hard work of our friends, a big thank you to: Sally Cross, Ronald McDonald, Santa’s Texas Team, Todd Barrow, Princesses with a Purpose TX., and Coleson’s F.R.O.G.
– Emily Morales and AJ Khawaja, Bank of America Student Leader Interns