‘Out of Convenience for Me’

Each week, we receive donations from individuals and companies. We are so grateful for each donation as every penny brought into the Ronald McDonald House goes toward keeping families close when they need it most.

Often times, we do not know who the donation is from or what moved them to donate. Earlier in December, we got a letter with a donation. It is such an amazing story, we wanted to share it.

Betty Snoddy, a 77-year-old Birmingham woman donated to our Capital Campaign to help us expand our House. She wrote us a note with her check to tell us why. Here is an excerpt from that letter.

“About two years ago, I was shopping at the Riverchase Galleria and stopped at the McDonald’s counter for a quick lunch. I paid cash for my meal and when the cashier gave me some change, rather than fumbling through all my sacks to find my purse, I just dropped the change into the little container there for the Ronald McDonald House. There was a young woman standing next to me, and she thanked me profusely for donating the change there. She went on to explain how her sister’s child had been ill several months prior and how wonderful it had been to have the Ronald McDonald House available to them. I was profoundly moved that she would take the time and be thoughtful enough to thank me for the few coins that I had dropped into the container, frankly more out of convenience for me. So, I decided right then to do more to support the House.” 

This goes to show, you never know what your words can move someone to do. We are so thankful for Ms. Snoddy and that woman who thanked her in McDonald’s a few years ago.

To make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, click here.