HONOLULU, December 24, 2009 - On her return home for Christmas, golf phenomenon Michelle Wie has teamed up with Walmart to donate $9,500 worth of toys and gift cards to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii, hospitalized children, and their parents. Wie visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC) this morning to visit with and give gifts to children who will be spending Christmas in the hospital.
In 2006, Time magazine named Wie "one of 100 people who shape our world," and she's doing just that, starting with the kids. Wie handed out gifts to all the children and parents who use the RMH Family Room during their stay at Kapiolani. Through hospital intermediaries, even children in isolation rooms received their Christmas presents. Her visit and enthusiastic support for the children clearly shored up the spirits of many frightened and bewildered keiki who are facing life-threatening health issues.
Upon her visit, Wie also chose to make a personal donation of $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House in Honolulu to outfit the facility with additional entertainment options for the children and their families staying there, including new televisions, computers and movie collections.
"As I've traveled around the world as an athlete, I've had the privilege of meeting some very brave kids who are facing difficult health challenges, but I've also met so many people who work every day to make those children's lives brighter," said Wie. "I have so much admiration for the people at Ronald McDonald House, and all they do to help these children, and I wanted do what I could to make this Christmas a special one for these kids while they were away from home."
The RMH Family Room provides an additional home-away-from-home inside the hospital where immediate family members of seriously ill children can take a break from patient care; a place also for parents to reflect and gather strength while remaining close to their children. The use of the RMH Family Room to make such a donation was a natural choice, as the gifts benefited the many children hospitalized at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and those from the Ronald McDonald Houses on Oahu.
"It was such an honor when we found out that Michelle Wie picked Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii as her charity of choice this Christmas," said Jerri Chong, RMHC-Hawaii president. "Michelle touched so many lives this morning, and the smiles on the children's faces were priceless."
Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1987, and the Family Room in 2003, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii has assisted thousands of families with seriously ill children and has allowed parents to be with their children during their medical treatments.
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