SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke College alumni and student-athletes joined forces to raise money and donations for the Ronald McDonald House — a home away from home for families with children being treated in area hospitals.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team presented a check for $1,500 to the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, the team delivered food and paper products they raised through a food drive.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable home away from for families of sick and injured children who must come to Roanoke to get the medical treatment they need. They also provide a Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital which serves as a respite for parents to rest and regroup within a few steps of their child’s bedside.
“I talked with one of our alumni, Rocco Guglielmo ‘85, and told him how our team wants to get involved locally,” said Austin Gambino ’22, one of the organizers of the food drive. “He mentioned the Ronald McDonald House here in Roanoke. As a team, we decided to support them with a food drive, as Thanksgiving is coming up. We are happy we could do what we did to help. They do so much for everyone else in the community, and we want to help them out.”
“The Ronald McDonald House is extremely excited with the support being given with this annual tournament,” said Stephanie Carroll, Director of Special Events and Community Development at Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Virginia. “Now, more than ever, it is such a blessing. Having the families be able to stay with their child makes a huge difference in the recovery. Families need the comfort of home to relieve as much stress as possible. The men’s lacrosse team is making a wonderful difference in making that possible.”
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