The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee recently donated $600 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City as a part of the “Our Food Link” initiative. In addition to the donation made by state women’s committee, Oklahoma County Farm Bureau also donated $100 to the charity organization.
OKFB women have had a long history of partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, donating time and money in many capacities over the last several years. The women’s group has previously served as guest chefs for the house and chose to make a significant monetary donation this year.
“The Farm Bureau has been a longstanding partner for Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Susan Adams, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “We’re fortunate to have such an active group here in Oklahoma.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home away from home” by providing lodging, meals and laundry facilities for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area. The charity organization has had a facility in Oklahoma City since 1984 but recently opened a brand-new facility on the OU Children’s Hospital campus in January of 2015. The new facility added 14 more rooms for families in need, bringing the total capacity to 33 rooms in two Oklahoma City facilities.
“[The new facility] will allow us to serve nearly 500 more families each year,” Adams said. “What’s unique about it is that it is on the hospital health sciences center grounds and families are connected by a walk-way to their child’s bedside in the hospital. It helps keep families close to their child and allows them to interact with their child’s caregivers and medical team.”
The donation from the OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee will go toward providing meals for families when guest chefs are not present. It will also be used to stock the pantry at the Ronald McDonald House to provide breakfast and lunch provisions for families.
The OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee will also make a monetary donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa in the near future.