News 12 at 11 O'clock / Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- When their child is sick and hurting moms and dads will go anywhere to help their little ones, even if it means leaving home. One place that always welcomes families with nowhere to stay is the Ronald McDonald house. Crews building the new home hit a milestone Tuesday with a topping out ceremony where supporters signed the highest beam in the building. As News 12 reports the home a clown built is getting a lot bigger.
From a distance it looks like any other historic home, but when you zero in a familiar face and his big red shoes are waiting by the door to welcome you in.
Jillian Wiley's niece was born a few days ago. When 5 day old Paisley was brought to Augusta for treatment her family had no where to go.
"We didn't have any money after the trip from New York. If it weren't for the support of the Ronald McDonald house we wouldn't be able to be here with the baby," Wiley told News 12.
The 11 bedroom house becomes a home away from home for families with sick kids at area hospitals. While kids like Paisley are getting better relatives like her aunt get a little piece of mind.
"I don't have to focus on where my next meal is coming from. I don't have to focus on do I have a place to rest my head. I don't have to sit in a chair at the nursery all night," she said from her room in the house.
To help more families the Ronald McDonald House is buiding something bigger. Much bigger. A 23 bedroom home with private bathrooms in each of them something the old home doesn't have
"It allows a family to stay together. If they have a sick child in the children's hospital they are able to bring the rest of their sibilings here and still maintain a sense of family," said Braye Boardman with the group.
The new home will open this fall and is right next door to the children's hospital. Just a few steps away for families like Jillian's.
"You get to walk out of this door and into the door at the hospital. It takes a load off a parents mind," she said.
The new Ronald McDonald house will serve about 12,000 families a year, but they still need another $700,000 to complete the 6 million dollar project.
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