The public is invited to attend a Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church from 1:00 to 3:00pm. While enjoying tea and tasty treats at this festive, holiday event, attendees will learn about the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities and the South Waterfront House at 3410 SW Bond Avenue. Lily K. H. McFadden, Director of Programs and Community Engagement, will be the featured speaker.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington provide access to medical care, a home away from home, and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families. The South Waterfront location allows children to be near the world-class medical services available in Portland. On average, the families travel 500 miles to access medical care here and a family checks in every five (5) hours. Through generous community and corporate support, there is $0 cost to the families for the services.
Attendees will learn about ways to support Ronald McDonald House including volunteer and donation opportunities. There will be a free-will offering for those who would like to donate funds. In addition, donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected to support their Treasure Closet. At check-in, the child seeking treatment and any siblings are given golden tokens. They can they trade in the token for a selected, toy from the Treasure Closet. For the thousands of children that stay at Ronald McDonald Houses every year, a new toy can go a long way in making them feel at home while traveling for medical care or during stressful situations.
To learn more about this organization or to donate online, visit rmhcoregon.org/drive . You can also shop from their Amazon Wishlist and have your gifts shipped directly. Toys should be new and unwrapped, have a value between $5 and $15, and be appropriate for ages 0 to 18 years. Some suggestions include teethers and rattles, stuffed animals, blocks and stacking toys, Play-Doh, LEGOS, art and craft supplies, board games, sports and video games, musical toys, or action figures.
This event is sponsored by the Women of St. Barnabas, but all are welcome to attend – women, men and children. Attendance is free, however, the event is a potluck of sorts! Tea will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a dessert or savory finger food dish to share. Holiday attire is encouraged.
Attendees should RSVP to the church office at 503-246-1949 to assure a seat.