Mission Accomplished in May!

Shameka’s week-long, family cross country trip from California to Maryland came to a sudden halt when they were just 3 hours shy of their final destination. They were involved in a terrible car accident on the highway and her 11-year-old daughter, Angelina, was badly injured. Angelina was immediately taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

In an unfamiliar city, without friends or family for comfort, and her daughter now hospitalized, Shameka was at a loss for where to turn next. Shameka heard about the Ronald McDonald House through the hospital where Angelina was being treated. She knew staying at the house would be the right decision for her and her two sons. The Ronald McDonald House allowed Shameka to have easier access to Angelina while she recovered from the accident. Shameka no longer had to worry about where her family would sleep or what they were going to eat. She says, “I’m so appreciative for the nice and calming environment the house provided us during such a difficult time.”

Shameka and the boys lost all of their bags in the car accident. “One of the House Assistants drove us to a nearby store to purchase clothing for our stay. It was such a kind gesture.” With their world at a standstill, Shameka was grateful her family had a safe, comfortable place to stay that felt like home. “The boys enjoyed playing games with the overnight staff and it gave me some time to manage the stress of our situation and sort out our family’s urgent needs.”

Angelina, who suffered from a back injury, arm injury and a swollen collarbone, no longer has any more broken bones. She has completed her physical therapy and is on her way back to being her energetic and active self. Thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, she was able to heal with her family by her side. Shameka says, “Thank you for the hospitality and for allowing my family to stay in such a nice place near the hospital. The staff and volunteers were so generous, sincere, and caring.”