On Saturday, December 17, 2011, KRA/Norfolk VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) program staff visited the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Norfolk bearing more than 200 donations, including school supplies, toys, and nonperishable food items. As part of KRA’s annual, company-wide Community Care Day Initiative, the staff also donated their time and effort, volunteering for household clean-up chores. The home is constantly filled to capacity, with 17 rooms varying in size to accommodate 3-to-5 family members.
Founded in December of 1981, and run by both paid and volunteer staff, the Norfolk RMHC is celebrating 30 years of making a difference in the lives of children, by providing a “home away from home” for families who sometimes travel long distances for medical care at the local children’s hospital, which is within walking distance of the RMHC home. During the visit, KRA volunteers met Ms. Cynthia Todd, whom they viewed as an inspiration and obvious source of warmth and motherly love. After 15 years of service with the RMHC, she retired, but stayed involved by frequently volunteering her time. Todd stated, “There’s is a need greater than mine.” Never losing her connection with the organization, when the opportunity presented itself, she returned to the RMHC part-time as a House Manager.
Alisha Bazemore, KRA/VIEW Program Manager, concluded, “KRA Norfolk is honored that we were able to contribute to the ongoing celebration of 30 years of service for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk, and we wish the RMHC Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!”
KRA staff pictured below are Frederick Smith; Domonique Goode, KRA Community Care Day Initiative Coordinator; and Ninette Adams, in the first row. Tiffany Haynes, Alisha Bazemore, Kathy Confer, and Sheena Griffin, in the second row.