Hear from one of our families, Amber and Korey Marrett, as they share their experience from their 20-night stay at Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. 

CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF LIGHT: Karen's Dance Studio

Enjoy this fun and festive performance of "Here Comes Santa Claus" by young members of Karen's Dance Studio. Continue watching to get a tour of our electrical spectacle of lights on the grounds of Ronald McDonald House! 

SHARE THE GIFT OF LOVE: Support Our Campaign

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States believes that when a child is sick, the entire family needs comfort and support. Our programs give a family with a sick child what they need most - each other.

Become a Gift of Light, Gift of Love donor today! Your gift will help families with an ill or injured child the gift of togetherness and keep them near the care and resources they need to thrive. 

We are a tax exempt, nonprofit organization established as a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible.

The Marrett Family

On March 4, 2020, Amber Marrett checked into the hospital and was ordered to remain at the facility on bed rest due to severe preeclampsia. Five days later she and her husband, Korey, welcomed their first child into the world by emergency C-section, eight weeks before his due date. Walker, weighing only 3 pounds 14 ounces, was quickly carted off to Freeman Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Being new parents, 30 minutes from home, and facing a global pandemic, Korey and Amber were so very thankful for the blessing of Ronald McDonald House.  

Amber shared, "Ronald McDonald House quickly became the solution to challenges we didn't even know we would soon face! No one can prepare you for the world of being a preemie parent... or so we thought! Postpartum anxiety, separation, insomnia, missing home and the very unnatural process of letting go and allowing others to care for your baby were all challenges we faced. Ronald McDonald House reminded us that we were not alone on a sometimes very uncertain journey."

On March 4, 2020, Amber Marrett checked into the hospital and was ordered to remain at the facility on bed rest due to severe preeclampsia. Five days later she and her husband, Korey, welcomed their first child into the world by emergency C-section, eight weeks before his due date. Walker, weighing only 3 pounds 14 ounces, was quickly carted off to Freeman Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Being new parents, 30 minutes from home, and facing a global pandemic, Korey and Amber were so very thankful for the blessing of Ronald McDonald House.  

Amber shared, "Ronald McDonald House quickly became the solution to challenges we didn't even know we would soon face! No one can prepare you for the world of being a preemie parent... or so we thought! Postpartum anxiety, separation, insomnia, missing home and the very unnatural process of letting go and allowing others to care for your baby were all challenges we faced. Ronald McDonald House reminded us that we were not alone on a sometimes very uncertain journey."

All Our Needs Were Met

"We were always greeted with a smile and someone eagerly asking how our son was doing," said Amber. "Each day, the staff and volunteers made it their mission to meet a need of ours. Whether they offered us a warm meal, a listening ear, or community resources, they were there when we needed them most. When we discovered the fee for our 20-night stay at Ronald McDonald House was covered by an anonymous donor, we immediately felt additional weight taken off of our shoulders.” 

Today, Walker is a happy and healthy two and a half year old who keeps his parents on their toes. The Marretts are just one of many families who called Ronald McDonald House their "home away from home" while their seriously ill child was treated in the hospital. 

Please consider making a Gift of Love this holiday season to help future families in the Four-State Area find comfort, support and joy at Ronald McDonald House or the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Mercy Hospital Joplin.

McDonald's: Co-Presenting Sponsor Message

Local McDonald's owner/operators, Thomas Nichols and Alex Close-Maffei, express their support for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States and offer an easy way you can help the charity, too.

Liberty Utilities: Co-Presenting Sponsor Message

Adam Greek shares different ways Liberty Utilities has supported our local charity over the years. Learn how you or your business can also lend a hand.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Lisa, program coordinator of volunteer services, at 417.624.2273. 

We invite you to delight in the Gift of Light when you drive by 34th and Jackson in Joplin, Missouri, and see our dazzling 20-foot Christmas tree, lighted house and grounds throughout the holiday season. Share your Gift of Love by clicking "Donate Now" to help keep families close while their ill or injured child is being treated at our local hospitals. Return here weekly until Christmas to watch new videos of local performing artists as we celebrate Gift of Light, Gift of Love 2022.