McDonald's Happiness Tour

Smiles for all at the RMHC-Sponsored Julian Edelman ProCamps

Kids of all ages gathered at Reading Memorial High School for ProCamps with Julian Edelman, a two-day football clinic presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. The Patriots star wide receiver helped put attendees through a variety of drills and scrimmages while teaching the importance of hard work, determination and leadership. Along with his advice, Edelman gave each camper an autograph and a Julian Edelman Football Clinic tee shirt. He also posed for a picture with each team. After the campers finished their drills and ran the “Smokehouse Challenge” to determine the fastest attendee, McDonald’s donated burgers and apple slices so everyone could enjoy a delicious lunch!

Julian Edelman wasn’t the only star in attendance, as Ronald McDonald rode his unicycle onto the field juggling bowling pins, wowing campers and Patriots stars alike! The campers were delighted to see Ronald and invited him to play in their scrimmages where Ronald hauled in a few catches. He spent the day entertaining the crowd with a variety of dances and juggling demonstrations. Ronald even taught Edelman how to ride the unicycle!

For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, please visit http://www.rmhcene.org/

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile laps 15th year of health service to Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 19,  2016

WORCESTER – There are plenty of reasons why kids don’t receive proper health and dental care, and they are perhaps more complex than you think.

Aside from the obvious logistics associated with affordability and payment, there are language barriers, lack of education where proper care is concerned and the difficulties in scheduling appointments when both parents work or a single parent is the child’s sole caretaker.

But when amazing care arrives on wheels, there is no reason not to jump on board. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which works in partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care, is “piloted” by a passionate and caring staff – many of whom have been with the mobile since its inception in 2000.

“It’s an incredibly dedicated team,” said Karen McEachern, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England Inc., adding that they strive every single day to make families’ experience with the care mobile “warm and friendly.”

Like other efforts of the Ronald McDonald House organization, the care mobile’s creation was based on a regional assessment where Worcester was determined to have a great need for this type of care.

The Care Mobile each week visits various locations throughout the city, including schools, churches, shelters and food pantries.

Doctors, nurse practitioners and dental hygienists aboard the 40-foot vehicle, which boasts two pop-outs for office space much like an RV, offer medical services ranging from immunizations and well-child physicals to lab tests and blood-pressure testing for both kids and parents.

Dental services, which have proved to be quite critical in certain transient populations where dental care is not a standard in their culture, include fluoride treatments, sealants, dental cleanings and dental screenings.

Children who need more specialized treatment, whether medical or dental, receive help from the staff getting connected with all of the resources available to them through not only UMass Memorial but also through any human service agencies or nonprofits in the area.

While turning 15 years old is certainly a big deal, the celebration has been understated, as the crew focuses instead on continuing to provide a high level of mobile care to the children of Worcester.

“Back when we were starting up, we always thought we’d expand and maybe branch out to other areas around this time,” said Ms. McEachern. “But what we have found is that Worcester is such a transient population that there are always new kids coming in that need our services. So we have continued to serve the city of Worcester.”

But the big celebration came in 2013 when the group was able to purchase a new and improved vehicle. For a care program that exists entirely on wheels, a souped-up new “office” is worth getting a little excited about.

“The weather and road conditions in this area can be pretty harsh and our vehicle ages maybe quicker than those in other parts of the country,” said Ms. McEachern, “so this new mobile was really a big deal for us.”

Financial support for the program is through a combination of grants, sponsors, product donations and clinical partnerships, along with some good old-fashioned fundraising.

“We go down every avenue we can to keep on the road,” she said.

To donate to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, call (781) 733-7234.

 

Compiled by Correspondent Amanda Roberge
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All Smiles at the RMHC ProCamps with Julian Edelman

Everyone was smiling as the McDonald’s Happiness Tour made a stop in Reading, Mass. for a ProCamps football session last month, presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. Kids big and small gathered on the Reading High School football field for the opportunity to play some football with New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl champ Julian Edelman!

The day-long football clinic brought together boys and girls in grades one through eight to teach them all different types of football drills including passing, receiving, and defending. They also learned the value of leadership and teamwork skills on and off the field. Throughout the day, Julian offered tips and instructions to each group of participants.

As for the day’s other star attendee? Ronald McDonald was at the event handing out smiles, and taking pictures with the participants’ families! He helped Julian congratulate winners for categories like fastest camper and best sportsmanship.

After the campers worked up an appetite, McDonald’s donated 500 hamburgers and apple slices for them to chow down on.

Each camper received an autograph from Julian, a limited edition Citi Julian Edelman Football Clinic t-shirt, and a camp team photo with Julian.

For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, please visit http://www.rmhcene.org/.