Thanks to the dedication and vision of caring volunteers, the land adjacent to the current Ronald McDonald House® of Rochester, MN has been receiving a whole lot of love.
As the future site of an expanded Ronald McDonald House®, the new beautification project showcases a hand-crafted House facade with a large red heart, landscaping and a pumpkin patch. The new project is visible to drivers and pedestrians along Second St. SW and represents past, present and future families who have and will stay at our “home-away-from-home”.
This project would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of our House’s longtime friend and volunteer, Beth Solie. Beth gathered a dynamic group of volunteers, including carpenters, painters, gardeners and landscapers to bring her vision to life.
The day that the project was installed was also IBM’s Days of Caring day and several IBM employees generously donated their time and talents.
“What better than the heart symbol of the Ronald McDonald House® to show we want to help families and to raise awareness,” said Beth Solie. “The gardens grew in size as I spent time designing the wall and many people donated split plants. It has been so fun to hear positive comments as people pass by. Who doesn’t love a garden, cottage house, pumpkin patch and a 12-foot heart in the middle of it all? I truly enjoy sharing my talents for this mission!”