On Thursday morning, families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham welcomed AKC...
On Thursday morning, families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham welcomed AKC employees and three of their dogs for our annual holiday visit. North Carolina employees brought in more than 40 wrapped presents for the 23 families at the house and provided enough toys, stuffed animals, and candy to fill 26 stockings for the children and their siblings over the holidays. The AKC Community Events Team presented the Ronald McDonald House staff with a check for $1000 raised during the November Bake Sale and the Holiday Super Raffle. AKC also donated a new printer and two computers for the family room to help the families keep in touch with loved ones at home.
Bailey the Beagle and real dogs "Grace" (Barb Ohmann's Labrador Retriever), "Pepé" (Kristi Munchel's Havanese), and "Todd" (Pat Lejman's Japanese Chin) enjoyed playing with the children and posing for pictures.
To give the children their own "dogs" to keep at the house, Steiff donated 30 plush AKC puppies and dogs to the children, who can name and register their new, plush dogs through a mail-in program.
Members of the AKC Community Events Team also presented over eight pounds of pop tabs collected by employees during the last year to Ronald McDonald House of Durham. Many Ronald McDonald Houses work with local recycling centers to receive money for collecting tabs from aluminum cans - including those from soda cans, vegetable and soup cans, and pet food cans.
The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home where seriously ill children and their families can live while receiving treatment at local hospitals. More than 700 families with seriously ill children stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham in 2006.