Basin Electric employees in right of way, environmental and legal divisions donated some smiles to those who need them this Christmas season. Sheila Renner, administrative assistant, and Tyler McNulty, property and right of way assistant, dropped off a load of donated items on Dec. 20 at the Ronald McDonald House in Bismarck, ND.
The donated items, which ranged from toys to cash, will serve an important purpose during the holidays.
The Ronald McDonald House welcomes families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment in Bismarck and Mandan to offer them respite from hospital waiting rooms. While staying at the house, the families have access to one of seven bedrooms, a fully-stocked kitchen, laundry room and library, among other amenities. The families must be referred to the house by a doctor or hospital.
The house’s needs change over time, though Ronald McDonald House staff member Pam Bryan says items such as liquid hand soap and 13-gallon trash bags can always be used.
She was touched by the bags of items McNulty and Renner brought through the door.
“The community is so giving. I can’t say enough. We really, really appreciate you. We really do,” Bryan says.
The Basin Electric employees in right of way, environmental and legal decided to make the charitable donation instead of a white elephant gift exchange this year.
“I just felt that it’s a good idea. It’s nice to exchange gifts with co-workers, but it’s better to donate and help someone out who needs it,” McNulty says. “I hope this brightens somebody’s day.”