Hundreds of families bundled up and braved the coldest temperatures of the year on December 15th to see Ronald McDonald as he flipped the switch turning on thousands of outdoor lights at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Share a Night is an annual holiday tradition where families who have been impacted by the staff and volunteers at RMHDE come together to enjoy an evening filled with words of inspiration, toy give aways, a live acrobatic and juggling show by Ronald, and a spectacular lighting ceremony.
The evening started inside the House, where families who are currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House were given the chance to choose gifts for their children complements of Staples, which donated $1,000 toward new toys this year. Crafts, games and a picnic dinner were enjoyed by all before families settled down for performances from the Wilmington Children’s Chorus followed by some incredible showmanship by Ronald McDonald.
There were also a few speakers with stories about how the Ronald McDonald House has touched their lives. Erin Sukowaski, a Smyrna school teacher, told the audience about a special kindergarten student named Parker Stevens, who raised $583 for the Ronald McDonald House this year. “At her birthday party, she told her friends not to buy her gifts but instead to contribute to the House,” said Sukowaski. “The way Parker raised money was going above and beyond showing compassion,” she said.