MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When it comes to raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Summer Program, it’s all old school.
Over the course of five Wednesdays this summer, the Ronald McDonald House, next to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, is sponsoring lemonade stands to help send children and their siblings on field trips.
Gretchen Ambrosier, the program’s director, says the coordinators aim to create a fun environment for the critically-ill kids living in the house. “It’s summer,” she says, “school is out.”And for some, activities are hard to come by.
“It’s about creating a sense of normalcy while these families are going through a medical crisis,” Ambrosier said. “The children here are relating to others who may be going through very similar situations. They’re bonding with other kids who understand what they’re feeling.”