As you probably know, I'm a very loyal Fairmont family member too. I was touched to be invited to their annual Palliser Tree Of Hope night a few weeks back. In the lobby a beautiful tree is decorated with hand made cookie ornaments that can be purchased for $10- all proceeds going back to Ronald McDonald House. I love that the Fairmont Palliser offers support in this way; however, they also offer accommodation to extended family who wish to visit their sick child when the house has no more room and those parents that are displaced due to high occupancy at the house on Christmas Eve.
I was always taught as a child that when you do something kind you remain silent about it or it's no longer kind. My hope in sharing what I was able to arrange is that it might encourage others to donate too.
This year, with the help of the Fairmont Palliser and several other generous donations I was able to give back. I was told that sometimes toys are donated but rarely is there anything for the parents and family members of a sick child. I had the idea that I could donate 23 gift bags, one for each room at Ronald McDonald House, so that everyone staying at the House had a gift on Christmas day. As I reached out to people with my idea I was so happy to find that others liked this idea too and wanted to be included. Each bag was carefully filled by several generous donors, some who wish not to be named. I was delighted to have actually pulled this off and that with the help of the Fairmont Palliser and The Tree of hope this may bring a small bit of joy to those who need it.
Ronald McDonald House also has a wishlist [here]
The Fairmont Palliser offers a stay that donates a portion of proceeds back to RMH [here]
Donations received from:
- Fairmont Palliser An assortment of Le Labo products and Teas
- Dote Magazine Fall/Winter issue
- Holt Renfrew Calgary Luxury size perfume samples
- Five other sources who wish to remain unnamed (bath, body, and personal care products)
I can't wait to hear how the bags are received.