Several of you wanted to know about the letter we attached with Harper's invite. I wasn't going to share that but then I thought if any of you live near a Ronald McDonald House and have the desire to donate something - this might give you ideas. I'm serious - a thing of laundry detergent, shampoo, soap or a wash cloth would be greatly appreciated. Speaking from someone who used all of those things last year.
This is what our letter said:
When Harper was born last year - we were SO blessed to be able to stay at the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House while she was in the hospital for three weeks. The RMH is right next to the hospital and gives a place to stay for families of critically ill children.
Instead of giving Harper gifts - we ask that you bring one of the following items to donate to the RMH. We plan to take a trip there in late January/February to give these items in honor of Harper’s birthday. We ask that as you buy these items - you also pray over the families who will be using them. Pray that they will have strength, peace and comfort and that they will come to know Jesus as their Saviour! And pray for the children that they are there to be with.
Thank you for blessing others with us!
Stuffed animals and dolls
Books for various reading levels
Video games (rated E)
Movies (rated G)
Balls and outdoor games
Non-perishable food items
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags
Laundry detergent and fabric softener
Cleaning products (sponges, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent)
Bath and bedroom items (towels, shower curtains, sheets and pillow cases)
Personal care products (deodorant, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
Entertainment products (games, movies, books, art supplies)
Long-distance phone cards
Gift cards for local grocery stores and gas stations
Greeting cards and postage stamps
Gift certificates to local grocery stores and department stores (Target, Wal-Mart)