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Second-grader lends helping hand

Caroline Blankenship of Lake Saint Louis spent 60 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU] at Mercy Children’s Hospital when she was born. During that time, her family utilized the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside the hospital.

Today, 7-year-old Caroline is a happy, healthy second-grader, who recently formed the Helping Hands Club.

To launch the club, Caroline, as well as her friends and family, have been collecting items from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis’ wish list. These items help keep the Ronald McDonald houses running.

Caroline and her family collected boxes full of laundry detergent, kitchen items, cleaning supplies, snack foods, toiletries and more. Then, on Thursday, Sept. 8, Caroline and her family delivered their enormous donation of wish list items to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Creve Coeur.

“I decided to do this because my parents used the Ronald McDonald House when I was a baby, and I wanted to do something for them,” Caroline explained.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis relies on the donation of household items for the operation of its three in-hospital Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which serve more than 80 local and out-of-town families every day. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are staffed by a group of more than 300 volunteers.

To learn more, visit www.rmhcstl.com.

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