The Smith family were residents of the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House for 95 nights after their daughter Brady was born early, weighing only 1 lb. 11 oz. Their particular stay took place over the holiday season when it is most important to be around family and loved ones. The Ronald McDonald House was able to provide a place to stay for the Smith family while their daughter grew and learned how to eat.
“In that time, the House was a place to regroup after long rollercoaster days spent in the NICU. There was always a hot shower, a delicious meal, and a compassionate face waiting for us. Being so close to the hospital meant more time spent with our precious daughter. We were blown away by the love poured into the House by so many volunteers! We spent the entire holiday season at the house. It was such a life changing experience to see such an outpouring of gifts, literally, and also gifts of the heart.”