Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Ottawa -Make A Kid Smile

Toys & tablets kick off the holiday season at the Ottawa House.
Reproduced with the permission of Manoir Ronald McDonald House Ottawa®.

Having experienced a child in hospital for many days, I know how important it is to be close.  We are very fortunate that we live only 20 - 30 minutes away from CHEO, and were able to go back and forth between our home and our son (multiple times per day).  I am so thankful that Ronald McDonald house is available for those families that do not live near CHEO, but also realize that while it is wonderful to have a place to stay, it still isn't HOME. There are families that will be spending their holidays away from home, while their child is in hospital.  Make A Kid Smile is a wonderful initiative to help make it just a little easier.
"Manoir Ottawa Ronald McDonald House® is dedicated to helping families be together during one of life’s most stressful times . . . having a sick child. Providing a caring and supportive “home away from home”, the House strives to be an oasis of peace and hope."
Ottawa, Ontario – November 28, 2014 – Rounding out the Make a Kid Smile campaign in
the Nation’s Capital, the team at Manoir Ronald McDonald House Ottawa helped to deliver gifts
from A Parent Media Co. Inc. (Kidoodle.TV), the Crist Family Foundation and Hasbro, Inc. The
gifts included 15 Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets loaded with Kidoodle.TV subscriptions and a
mountain of toys from Hasbro, Inc.

Tablets donated by Tom Crist and his family through the Crist Family Foundation were loaded
with Kidoodle.TV subscriptions and will be available for families to use during their stay at the House. All families will have access to the tablets and their own, new Kidoodle.TV account,
which can be played through multiple devices. The House will make good use of the toys
donated by Hasbro to help brighten the days of children staying there. Additionally, A Parent
Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”), owner of Kidoodle.TV, will provide complimentary annual
subscriptions to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada for every annual Kidoodle.TV
subscription purchased by consumers until December 31, 2014.

The donors were pleased to have the opportunity to work with the House to make the day just a
little bit brighter for kids and families undergoing a difficult time. Mike Lowe, President of
APMC and founder of Kidoodle.TV said, "Ronald McDonald House and Kidoodle.TV are both
safe places for children, and it is an honor to work with the Crist Family Foundation, Hasbro
and the RMH team to bring smiles to these children and their families.

Recently making a multi-million dollar personal investment in Kidoodle.TV’s parent company,
APMC, with his charitable foundation the intended beneficiary, Tom Crist and his family
continue to work with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to reach out and better the lives of children and
families. “To see what these kids and families go through is humbling and heart-wrenching,”
said Crist. “We want to find ways to help.”

“We are all delighted and quite overwhelmed with this incredibly generous donation of Samsung
 Galaxy 3 Tablets to our House by the Crist Family Foundation and featuring Kidoodle TV. There
will be smiles of delight from the children currently staying at theHouse and those who will be with
us in the future,” said Carol Houston, Executive Director of the House. “From all of us at
Manoir Ronald McDonald House Ottawa . . . THANK YOU for making a difference in the lives
of the families who call our House ‘Home’!”The Make a Kid Smile campaign was set up and coordinated by the team at Kidoodle.TV.

Ottawa is the 12th and final stop on the Make a Kid Smile tour. See the photos and smiles by
searching the hashtag #kidsmile, or by looking in albums at
Also, join in the national Ronald McDonald House Charities® conversation with #forRMHC.
For more information on how you can get involved with and support Manoir Ronald McDonald
House Ottawa®, please visit

The above press release is shared via Tales of Mommyhood. I was invited to attend the event but was unable to make it. ToM has received no compensation for this post.

1 comment:

  1. I am fortunate that my children were never seriously sick but I'm so glad that McDonald House is there to help families in that situation.


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