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Alvin J.

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Review for Richard And Helen Devos Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

As a new business start, Spuncksides Promotion Production will periodically receive letters requesting donations from various non profits. Here is a sample;

Asher Klomss parents Lindsay and Brian, found out he was going to be born with a cleft lip and palette. They were devastated. They were devastated. "Everyone wants their baby to be born perfect!" said Lindsay. A short time later, they learned that Asher was suffering from several heart issues as well including a congenial heart condition. Asher would need major heart surgery.

The pediatric cardiovascular team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital needed to act fast to help Asher.
Dr. Marcus Haw, the chief of congenital cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the hospital performed not one, but two intensive surgeries. on little Asher in just the first two weeks of his life. Fortunately Asher responded well to his treatment, and is having a successful recovery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  General Member of the Public
 

Review for The Ronald Mcdonald House Of Western Michigan Inc, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had just come home from work, and shortly after my 3 year old son began to shiver, and shake as he feel to the floor. He was always full of humor, and could act very well at this age. He loved the attention. It did not take long for us to realize he was actually having a seizure. I found a washcloth and stuffed it in his mouth. I could feel his bite even though it was wrapped tightly around my two fingers. We called 911, and he was rushed to the hospital. They discovered he had been given the wrong medication, and did not understand how it got confused with his prescription. It was not long after that when the helicopter arrived and he was airlifted to Grand Rapids from Muskegon. I will always remember that empty feeling as they would not allow me to ride. To this day it is just like it happened yesterday when I think about how separated we were so instantly, and not knowing how his status was. Apparently the local hospital had contacted the Ronald McDonald House in Grand Rapids, and made arrangements for our stay. We were taken to the hospital by cab which the hospital arranged for the Ronald McDonald House stay, and the taxi. We were not allowed to visit my son, me or his mother, and it was not long before the shuttle from the Ronald McDonald House arrived to pick us up. They provided housing and food, and gave us a private room away from the other guests. They also provided a minister to come in and comfort us. We though our son was going to be coming home within 3 days, but the length of stay ended up being a bout 3 weeks. Neither of us wanted to return home for fear of something going wrong because he was having convulsions expectantly. I will always remember the hospitality of the Ronald McDonald staff. They were always courteous and when out of their way in many areas they did not normally do on behalf of the local hospital we arrived there from, and also on behalf of us. This is very difficult to do, but the professional staff made us right at home, and welcomed us to stay until we were sure our son had recovered. I will always keep The Ronald McDonald House held in my memory because of the outstanding hospitality they served us during our stay. Thank you! Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan. This is not the only thanks I give.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I could not find any area I would make changes with regarding the quality hospitality shown me and my sons mother. It would not be appropriate. They showed us better hospitality than most first class hotels, and we were never charged for their services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  General Member of the Public