Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville Receives Special Gift
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville received a special gift on Friday. A new van will help the charity do its work for families dealing with health crises.
For the past 39 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville has provided housing, meals and emotional support to families traveling to Charlottesville so their children can receive treatment at UVA hospitals. The new van will be a game-changer for the house, and the staff did not let a little rain dampen the excitement.
McDonald's of Ruckersville donated the gift. The van is used, but mechanics fully inspected it, and the donor detailed it prior to the ceremony.
Then, the Ruckersville McDonalds partnered with Waynesboro marketing firm, Converge Local, to wrap the van in a custom design featuring the Ronald McDonald House's logo and slogan.
“We're working so hard with the House now, and we're taking care of so many families. We've added programs to assist more families. We're trying to do it out of personal vehicles but we've just outgrown personal vehicles. So it allows us to be efficient, we can move inventory, we can move items for events, it's just wonderful,” said Rita Ralston, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville.
McDonald's of Ruckersville went a step further and also loaded the van up with food and supplies for the charity.
Ralston said that the wrap is really the icing on top. It turns the van into a mobile billboard for the charity and shows off the pride staff have in their work.