Non-profit aims to light up Christmas for families in need


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina works closely with families whose children are receiving care at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and this holiday season they have special initiative designed to benefit those families in need.

“We’re basically a home away from home for families that have a child in the hospital,” said Hannah Caton, who works with the non-profit. “We have 21 rooms here at our main house, and then we actually have a second house at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital that has six overnight bedrooms as well.”

A nightly stay at the house costs families $10.

This Christmas, the Ronald McDonald house is working to cover those costs by selling luminaries, white paper bags with candles in them, to supporters across the state.

The luminaries not only help raise funds but symbolize a bright light in a sometimes dark situation.

“They’re really beautiful for one thing, and it’s nice for our families and for anyone that’s ever stayed at a Ronald McDonald House to drive by on December 24 and just see all these luminaries lit up, kind of in their honor,” said Caton.

The house becomes a home, even helping families with gifts for their children from the Santa room.

This allows parents to remain dedicated to their main goal.

“When you’re taking care of a sick child, that’s your number one priority,” said Caton. “That’s the only thing on your mind. Here at our house, we’re able to give them everything that they would need so they can still focus 100 percent on their child.”

The Ronald McDonald house is open year-round and never turns a family away because they can’t pay.

If you would like to purchase luminaries or help in the new year, head to their website.


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