Hayneedle grant to boost Ronald McDonald House Charities

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Hayneedle has selected Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha to receive a $25,000 grant to further its mission in providing a temporary home away from home for families of ill or injured children receiving treatment at Omaha medical facilities.

Founded in 1994, the House also invests in community programs that promote the health and well-being of children.

Lexie Myers, Hayneedle HR Business Partner, said, “At Hayneedle we believe that home is where life’s most important moments happen and where families can come together during the good times and the bad. By awarding this grant to Ronald McDonald House, we are supporting an organization that's creating a sense of home for families who need it most, at a time when being together is critical during both the treatment and healing process.”

The grant money will be used to support more than 200 days of a family’s stay. The gift will be allocated to the House programs, which include lodging for two to five people, laundry facilities, transportation, fully stocked pantry, freshly prepared meals, intentionally designed spaces inclusive of a non-denominational chapel, teen room, outdoor seating and relaxation areas, educational programming, and more.

“We are so grateful for community partners that help us truly make Ronald McDonald House feel like a home away from home," said Lindsey Rai Kortan, Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. "We knew instantly Hayneedle was the perfect fit for us, because we hold the shared belief in creating an atmosphere of comfort and home. With this partnership, Hayneedle will help us make a difference in the healing process for children and their families who need it most.”

In addition to the grant, Hayneedle plans to furnish common spaces within the Ronald McDonald House that will provide a haven for all 40 families staying there to regroup after long days at the hospital.