OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A home directly across from a busy children’s hospital isn’t exactly the kind of location most buyers are looking for. For Ronald McDonald Houses, however, this is the place to be.
The new Ronald McDonald House in Oakland will serve families of pediatric patients recovering from bone marrow transplants free of charge.
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These immunocompromised children need to stay close to the hospital while they receive treatment and recover. Previously, these patients stayed in donated accommodations in San Francisco and traveled to Oakland. This will be a much more convenient option.
From the porch and upstairs bedrooms, you have an unobstructed view of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
A quick stroll down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and you’re in the presence of some of the most qualified pediatricians in the world. And the comforts of a home will make the stay much more pleasant. Beds, kitchens, a place to shower and do laundry make all the difference during a long hospital stay.
The new home will open in 2023 and they are looking for help providing housewarming gifts, care kits and supplies to new families.
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The Oakland Athletics got the ball rolling. A players Stephen Vogt, Dermis Garcia, Vimael Machin and Jared Koenig stopped by the house with a truck full of gifts chosen by Vogt’s children. Selected items included Nintendo Switch video game consoles, books, games and toys. The articles will provide a happy distraction during difficult times.
Help from Oakland’s new Ronald McDonald House won’t be exclusive to the families staying there. It will provide space for families to visit and help with snacks and meals.
The charity’s Feed the Love Oakland program, which provides free meals outside the hospital entrance, will also benefit from the house.
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