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Public Safety employees help Ronald McDonald House families

MUSC Department of Public Safety employees and members of the organization’s Good Cheer Committee rallied successfully to raise monies throughout 2007 in support of their holiday giving.
Money was raised from the annual fish fry events and silent auction to benefit the Charleston Ronald McDonald House. Since 1992 and the committee’s establishment, Public Safety has identified and helped victims of crime and the needy during the holidays.
Each month, the Charleston Ronald McDonald House publishes a “wish list” of items needed by their families whose child is a patient at MUSC Children’s Hospital.
The list includes microwaveable meals, drinks, kitchen items, toiletries, laundry detergent, cleaning items, blankets, pillows, towels, etc. Many of these items are needed beyond the holiday months as new families arriving daily need basic items. Just prior to the holidays, Public Safety staff sponsored a contest among them and gathered about four washer/dryer-sized boxes of needed items. Public Safety’s midnight shift won the competition and will receive a complimentary pizza dinner in January.
Additionally, staff was able to supplement their giving with Wal-Mart gift cards for about 24 families who stayed at the Charleston Ronald McDonald House throughout the holidays.
As a follow up, the Good Cheer committee has committed to supporting the Ronald McDonald wish list on a quarterly basis.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
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