Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston (RMHCC) was built almost 30 years ago as a home away from home for families of seriously ill children in our area hospitals. What started as a 12 bedroom house has grown into 27 bedrooms, seven of which are for children who have received transplants. The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Part of the year-long campaign is to display 12 different local celebrities, wearing Ronald’s Big Red Shoes, on billboards around the Charleston area. The sixth billboard has launched with Victoria Hansen in the red shoes. Hansen models the shoes following supporters like Tony the Peanutman, City of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Bill Walsh, Brett Gardner and Darius Rucker. The billboard is located on Ashley Phosphate Rd. 0.1 miles north of Dorchester Road.
RMHCC is trafficking all interest to the website www.wearredshoes.com. Here you can find out all about wearing red shoes, donating, volunteering and ways to help raise money for the house. The RMHCC would like to see the entire community “in red shoes.”
You can even have a chance to see yourself on a billboard. Send in a picture of yourself, family or friends all in red shoes to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win. The winner will be decided on Facebook with the most “likes.” Become a friend of RMHCC on Facebook www.facebook.com/rmhcharleston.
Wearing red shoes has become a symbol for joining others to make a difference to families of seriously ill children. The families are going through their darkest time and the RMHCC task is to join them in their journey as they help their child fight for their lives. To wear the red shoes, all you have to be is someone who is ready to help. Red shoes are one size fits all, and there are many ways to help.
To get involved, check out the website www.wearredshoes.com. Then put on your own red shoes, lace them up and put your best (big, red) foot forward and join RMHCC in going forward to the next 30 years. You will discover that wearing red shoes makes you smile, inside and out.