PART TWO: The Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ozark Christian College

RMHC Board President Amanda Mitchell takes you inside the Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the 6th floor of Mercy Hospital Joplin. Enjoy new scenes from the Christmas tree lighting on the lawn at Ronald McDonald House and listen to a beautiful song selection from Ozark Christian College's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Please join us by clicking "play."

Stay tuned for part three of Gift of Light, Gift of Love, to be released on December 10th! 

PART ONE: The Sperry Family and Karen's Dance Studio

The Sperry family from Pittsburg, Kansas, shares the story of their time spent at Ronald McDonald House in Joplin when their twin girls were born. A special guest helps them light the tree and Karen's Dance Studio joins the celebration for a big musical number.

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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 give families with sick kids 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.

Meet the Sperry Family

When Katie Sperry was pregnant with her twins, she anticipated her girls would come early, but she and her husband, Jonathan, were not prepared for them to arrive twelve weeks early. On a snowy evening in January 2018, Katie's water broke and she and her husband made the long drive from their home in Pittsburg, Kansas, to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Missouri. The very next day, Adele and Ivy were born. Katie and Jonathan searched for ways they could remain close to the hospital and their girls. The day before Katie was discharged from the hospital, they learned about Ronald McDonald House and felt instantly relieved. Katie and Jonathan went on to spend 58 nights at the house.

Katie appreciated the close proximity of the house to the hospital. The house had a fully stocked kitchen and she didn't have to worry about meals or snacks throughout the day. They also appreciated how house volunteers and staff members were so welcoming to their two older children, Vivienne and Jude. Although their kids stayed with family in Pittsburg, the house was a fun place for them to visit, play and even celebrate Katie's birthday.

A Home Away from Home

Today Adele and Ivy are happy and healthy. Katie calls the girls her "miracle" children, as they have not experienced any major, lasting health issues after such a difficult start. Ronald McDonald House kept their family close during one of the most difficult times in their lives. 

Katie shared, "Ronald McDonald House didn't just provide us with delicious meals, a bed and a warm shower; they truly cared for us and our babies. It was so comforting to have so many friendly faces asking about us and how the girls were doing. They go above and beyond to make their guests feel welcomed." 

The Sperrys are just one of many families who called Ronald McDonald House their "home away from home" while their seriously ill children were being treated in the hospital. 

As you look for ways to Share the Joy this holiday season, please consider making a gift to help future families in the four state region find comfort, support and joy at Ronald McDonald House or the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Mercy Hospital Joplin.

It's time for Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 20th Annual Gift of Light, Gift of Love Virtual Tree Lighting Celebration! The second short video segment of the event is now available for viewing. Scroll down to watch. More segments of the celebration will be revealed every Friday until Christmas.

Share the Joy by making our home at 34th and Jackson in Joplin, Missouri, one of your stops for your holiday lights driving tour. Click "Donate Now" to help keep families close to ill children being treated at Freeman Health System or Mercy Hospital Joplin. A donation of any amount is appreciated.