With all the responsibilities of taking care of a sick child, families don’t have the time or resources to celebrate the holidays like they would at home. Donors and volunteers do so much to make sure that the holidays are merry and bright for all of the families who are staying here, such as:
Holiday meals: Our volunteers go all out to make sure we have amazing holiday meals. As just one example: local McDonald’s owner/operator David Santillanes donates all the turkeys we need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “It is an honor to help the families at the House with my donation,” says David. “Knowing that I am helping families celebrate together when they are going through such hardship is incredibly gratifying.” Additionally, David brings the team from his McDonald’s store to the House during the year to make meals for families.
Presents: We help parents with their holiday shopping by offering them the chance to pick out donated toys. We even have volunteers who help with all the wrapping!
Volunteer-led activities: Volunteers often help us provide fun activities to families, including holiday-themed arts and crafts, like decorating ornaments or assembling gingerbread houses. Other groups choose to provide holiday music – one highlight is a concert of holiday favorites by the Washington National Guard Band. The therapy dog teams who visit the House also throw a “Jingle Dog Jaunt” which is fun for all ages.
Want to volunteer? We are always looking for volunteer groups and have availability during the last week of December. Check out our latest availability and opportunities on our volunteer calendar.