Chi Sigma Rho helps Ronald McDonald House fulfill ‘Wish List’

Chi Sigma Rho

“Items like these are the reason the Ronald McDonald House is still there,” says Marisa Russo, Chi Sigma Rho’s chapter philanthropy chair. “Families pay little to nothing in order to stay there, and these supplies are for families going through a rough time.”

Thousands of families of ill children stay at the Danville Ronald McDonald House each year, creating a need for basic household supplies to help them through a stressful and challenging time. It’s a cause Bloomsburg University’s Chi Sigma Rho sorority has been passionate about and supportive of over the years, including once again to kick off the spring semester.

A key to the success of the sorority’s effort are the additional donations it receives from campus and local Bloomsburg community, according to Marisa Russo, Chi Sigma Rho’s chapter philanthropy chair.

“Items like these are the reason the Ronald McDonald House is still there,” Russo said. “Families pay little to nothing in order to stay there, and these supplies are for families going through a rough time.”

Her and her co-chair researched the Ronald McDonald House website and found their “Wish List” to see what the house needs in order to stay open to families. Russo said she called the Danville Ronald McDonald House, and the fundraiser took off from there.

Chi Sigma Rho will be taking donation through the weekend at their house, 425 East Street, Bloomsburg. Items can be left on the front porch at any time during the day, or by knocking on the door for a sister to come and retrieve them. BU students can receive one community service hour per donated item, according to Russo, adding students need to make sure to fill out a piece of paper with their name, student ID number, represented organization (if applicable) and how items were donated.

Suggest items include:

  • deodorant
  • disposable coffee cups
  • juice boxes
  • shaving cream
  • plastic silverware
  • paper towels
  • zip lock bags
  • laundry detergent
  • feminine products

The Danville Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of children who are hospitalized or receiving outpatient care at area hospitals, including Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The facility provides a warm and comforting environment, giving families an opportunity to relax, spend time with each other and find support through meeting others who share similar struggles.