Jennie Day December 2018

The December Jennie Day meal consisted of Italian Sausage and Tortellini with salad, and homemade pizzelles and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. We’d like to thank Charlie Lynn and Anna Noel LePera (with a little help from their Grandmom and Grandpop) for sponsoring this month’s meal. We visited briefly with a father with three very young children at the Ronald McDonald House, while Mom and their new baby brother were across the street in the NICU. It was a reminder of both how difficult the holidays are for families with children in the hospital, and how important the services of the House are to them. The meal program is a vital part of the services they offer, and we are grateful to our donors for allowing us to provide a hearty meal each month in 2018 for those who truly need it. Would you help to continue the Jennie Day meals by sponsoring a meal in 2019? Sponsorship costs $100, which is used to defray the cost of the meal. You can learn more and sign up for sponsorship at

In addition to the Jennie Day meal, this month the Foundation made donations to both the Greater Hudson Valley and Philadelphia Ronald McDonald Houses. The GHV House received cleaning and kitchen supplies and boxes of bagged snacks, while the Philadelphia House received a supply of Amazon Gift Cards. All of these items were from their wish lists, and we were pleased to be able to provide them. In addition, thanks to a grant we received from The Walmart Foundation, each House was sent a check to offset the guest portion of a 30-day stay, to help those who cannot afford the modest fee the Houses request.

Also, we are very grateful to the Newtown (Pennsylvania) Quilter’s Guild, for their gift of 12 birthday cake kits to the GHV House. These kits allow families whose children are celebrating birthdays in the hospital to have a special homemade birthday cake.

Finally, your generosity made it possible for the Foundation to make a donation of grocery and fuel gift cards and 28 sets of infant/preemie clothing to the Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital Family Resource Center. These gifts are very much appreciated by the hospital and the families themselves.

We’d like to thank our donors for their wonderful support in 2018. You make it possible for us to keep Jen’s memory alive with all her knew her in life and those who only came to know about her through the works done in her name. We wish you all a happy holiday season and a bright and healthy New Year!

Joy, Bill and Susan LePera

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