• Boeing employees give $100,000 gift to Ronald McDonald House

    By: Alison Grande

    Updated:

    Families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Seattle have one less thing to worry about this holiday season thanks to a huge donation by Boeing employees.

    The Employees Community Fund of Boeing, money donated by employees, gave $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House. The donation will cover operating costs at Ronald McDonald House during the holidays.

    "We will use it to offset the cost of housing families all the way through the holiday season. It's wonderful gift. It helps us enormously- " said Dianna Finnerty, executive director of Ronald McDonald House.

    Eighty families spend the night at Ronald McDonald House each night after spending the day at Seattle Children's. The average stay for families is 62 nights.

    Ronald McDonald House asks for a $30 contribution per night. The gift from Boeing employees will take care of that for all families.

    "If we all donate a little bit, all of us together, it goes such a long way to a place like this," said Kim Marler, who volunteers at Ronald McDonald House each week and has been working at Boeing for 32 years.

    "The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home. I love just being a part of being there for them."

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