Another special addition to the construction of Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House has been hoisted into place.
Workers with River City Construction raised a ceremonial beam signed Friday by pediatric patients at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. A beam signed by donors and community members was installed at the site May 6.
Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Kelly Thompson says every day during the construction at the corner of Monroe and Spalding is special.
“Whether it’s a phone call from somebody that talks about a brick they’re purchasing in memory of a loved one or, like last week, when all of those kids came over and signed that beam.”
Thompson specifically remembers one of those patients.
“One little girl said to me, ‘I don’t want to go back to my room, I just want to stay here with you,’” Thompson said. “It’s things like that that are so touching and really drive home what we’re doing for this project.”
The Ronald McDonald House will provide a place for families to call home so they can stay close to their hospitalized child for little to no cost.
The beam was put into place Tuesday morning while workers were installing the concrete on what will be the floor of the second floor of the four-story building.
Thompson said the impact of Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House will be far-reaching.
“Ninety percent of our programs worldwide have an affiliation with the Children’s Hospital, so it’s excellent that we’re able to come to Peoria and provide this service for the families and children,” Thompson said.
Thompson said it’s expected Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House will be ready for families and children by mid-December.
More information about Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House can be found HERE.