An ill child and a journey far from home are heavy burdens to carry, but some of our employees recently joined together to make the going a little easier.

Employees at the System Facilities Center and the Hazleton Service Center recently held a collection for the Ronald McDonald House in Danville. Items collected included snacks, Keurig coffee pods, coffee cups, paper towels, shampoo and more.

Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide provide housing for families who are away from home getting medical care for seriously ill or injured children. While local McDonald’s operators provide some funding, the houses are primarily supported by individual and corporate donors.

Jean Golomb, a data acquisition and translation operator at the System Facilities Center, is a donor who supports the Ronald McDonald House. (Pictured at right: Sandy Knorr, receptionist at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville, and Golomb.)

Golomb read a newsletter article about the house’s need for snack foods and other supplies and decided to organize a collection drive here, with help from Universal Services Representative Pam Yale, Data Acquisition and Translation Operator Jayme Brace, Tool and Material Clerk Mary Yackanicz and Messenger Cindy Kroboth.

“The support the Ronald McDonald House gives families in need while a loved one is in the hospital is wonderful,” Golomb said. “We hope our collection helps ease their need and makes life better for families staying there.”