Subaru of America’s and Umansky Subaru of Charlottesville’s “Share the Love” Event in 2019 Spreads that Love into 2020
2020 began with great enthusiasm and quickly moved to a daily uptick in uncertainly, fear, unemployment, and illness. It has been a difficult time for everyone.
Luckily, the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (RMH-C) has been able to continue with its mission to provide lodging, meals, and encouragement for the families of seriously ill and injured children receiving treatment at UVA Children’s Hospital. However, the House needed to make a number of significant changes to its operations to do this. Included in these changes was the need to restrict all outside visitors to the House – including volunteers. An immediate impact of this latter decision was to put an end to the wonderful brunches, lunches, and dinners volunteers would make for the families. RMH-C had to work quickly to source fresh meals that could be pre-packed in individual servings and delivered to the House. It also needed to fill in all of the gaps in the pantry food supply system usually provided by faithful volunteers, such as milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, etc. All of this has been an extremely expensive – but absolutely necessary – venture. The Share the Love dollars help to fill the gap between what had been budgeted for food-related expenses and the actual cost of food expenses incurred to date in 2020. This donation is a Blessing – with a capital “B”.
Without the funds from the 2019 Share the Love program 2020 would be very bleak, indeed, for the House. The RMH-C has had to cancel its fundraising events for the year. Dollars received in support of our program are always precious to us, but this is particularly true this year. As we continue to fulfill our mission we realize that it is only through partners like Subaru of America and Umansky Subaru of Charlottesville that we are able to do this. We are most appreciative.