Teaching our children the importance of giving is our key factor in selecting Ryan House. The staff is warm, and the facility reflects it. Of course they appreciate donations, but are keenly interested in bringing understanding of their purpose. Too often we find that staff tasked with finding donors create a wall between those donors and the folks in need, beyond what is necessary, which prevents our kids from understanding why we donate. It is true that it is greater to give than to receive, but this is because of the good feelings one gets from the giving, which is removed when the donor feels like nothing more than a wallet. Our giving is generally targeted towards family issues and especially children, when the family was blind-sided by events beyond their control. We want to both donate and participate, and allow our children to realize the massive blessings we enjoy, and there are others that may need our help, if one cares to take the time to look. We are a community, and are thereby obligated to share. The people at Ryan House manage a warm balance between their task of caring for families in need and the donors that enjoy participating and being community members. Our daughter talks frequently about how much she enjoyed visiting, feeling included, and what project she wants to do next to raise money, or become more involved. As parents, we could not be happier, nor more proud of, what we found at Ryan House.