"The gift of being together just makes you feel like you're going to be okay." - Piper's Mom
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a cause Kris Kringl has supported for many years -- and in large part through the giving spirit generated at our annual Collector's Night. This year we have made the difficult decision to cancel that event because we feel it is the cautious thing to do considering COVID-19.
While the in-store event is on pause for this year, we still feel passionate about supporting sick children and their families -- children like Piper and her mom Lindsay pictured above.
When a child is sick, it affects the entire family, and for the Burrell family, it all happened so quickly. A hole was discovered in baby Piper’s heart, and she needed urgent surgery to close it.
“Everything was disrupted. Routines, all the things you take for granted, that keep you grounded were no more,” explains mom Lindsey. “As all this was happening, my husband and I panicked because we knew we couldn’t afford a hotel room for as long as we needed to be at the hospital to stay close to Piper. Thankfully, our local Ronald McDonald House took this huge weight off our shoulders.”
Lindsay was able to get a room at the House just down the street from the hospital, so that she didn’t have to travel to her family’s home and leave Piper to prepare for surgery without her mother by her side. Lindsay reflects, “When families are split apart, especially during tough times, it weighs on everybody, both mentally and physically. The gift of being together – it just makes you feel like you’re going to be okay.”
Along with getting to be close to her family in a time of need, Lindsay sees the value in being near other families going through similar situations. She explains, “What’s a gift, too, is to be able to connect with other families going through the same thing. It's so precious and something that we cherish about the House.”
How you can Help
Kris Kringl's owner for 34 years -- Carl Evans -- and the whole team at the shop remain committed to donating to RMHC even during these difficult times. If you would like to participate, we will be holding our usual wreath raffle in September and as always, 100% of the proceeds will go to RMHC. These wreaths will again be created by Kris Kringl Designer Laura Hansen. Please check our website (kriskringl.com) in September for a preview of the wreaths.
Thank you so much for your understanding of this decision to pause the event, but still support this cause we share a passion for. We will continue to do everything we can to help our community stay safe, informed, and connected. You can still come visit us seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. And if you haven't visited our NEW website then you've missed a whole world of new and exciting inspirations for Christmas decorating and giving. As new items arrive, they are added to our online store and the list grows almost daily.
We are working hard to make your Christmas wishes come true both in store and online.
We look forward to seeing you soon!!