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Giving Joy at Ronald McDonald House

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Local moms are helping spread cheer this holiday season with gifts
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Giving Joy at Ronald McDonald House

A time of joy á they can also be a stressful time of year... from planning á to purchasing gifts.

Imagine how challenging the holiday season can be while also taking care of a sick child.

That's the reality for families staying at the ronald mcdonald house.

Kimt news 3's annalise johnson shows us how some local moms are helping spread cheer to those families.

She joins us live.

George á i'm here at the rochester ronald mcdonald house where "give joy" is just now ending.

Moms have volunteered here all day á starting at 9 am.

"our community of readers has a real opportunity to show the kindness of our city."

Becky montpetit is the founder of the rochester mn moms blog.

She's teaming up with rochester area moms to host "give joy" á a gift drive for the ronald mcdonald house... a tradition she began 5 years ago.

"holidays can be stressful and when you're going through medical difficulties, adding the stress of holiday shopping and gift giving, you just really want to alleviate that stress, so if we can work together to donate toys and gifts and things, house needs, why not."

Here's how it works.

You drive up to the ronald mcdonald house with a gift donation.

A mom comes right up to your car to take the gift á and may even give you a small thank you gift and a hot drink in return.

The gift will be added to the snowflake room.

"every year, we have the snowflake room which is a room that's filled with different presents that both adults and children can pick out for their family members.."

This will be the first holiday season families spend in the newly remodeled and expanded house.

"70 rooms and so there's that many more families, that many more kids, we need that many more neat surprises for them during the holiday season."

From one family to another á these moms are giving joy.

"i think as moms we love to create those really special memories for our children and seeing them in any sort of pain is heartbreaking.

Being able to surprise them with gifts just to alleviate even momentarily any stress or pain they might be feeling is just really special.

There's nothing like the joy of a child."

While the give joy drive may be over á you can still always donate gifts to the ronald mcdonald house.

Because of health concerns for the children staying here á gifts cannot be homemade and must be new á unused á and in original packing.

Please do not wrap the items. live in rochester annalise johnson kimt news 3.

Thank you annalise.

We'll have a link to the ronald mcdonald house's holiday wish list on kimt dot com with this story under local news.///

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