Ronald McDonald House Turns 20 | VideoKristin Clouston | 7/18/2012
Eighteen month old Trey Groenthal has made himself at home, which is exactly what you`re supposed to do at the Ronald McDonald house. His family is staying here while his baby sister is in the hospital.
"Allie is in the NICU. She`s a week old and she has pneumonia and a lot of fluid in her lungs. So they had to transfer her from St. Joes in Dickinson where I had her," said their mom, Trisha.
The family recently moved to Dickinson from Idaho so they don`t have any friends or relatives in Bismarck.
"We were in a hotel and we would have tried to stay there and I don`t know how we could have because it`s so expensive and we don`t have that much money."
Two hundred families from all over western North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana stay here each year, and those who run the house say they`re delighted to have them.
"It`s wonderful. Today we`re full. Every bedroom is full so all these kind people have come to help us celebrate and we`re able to provide them a service and it`s a good feeling to know we`re so well needed," said Executive Director Kathy Keiser.
The Groenthal`s, volunteers and other families are celebrating the 20th birthday with a party at their home away from home.
Families are asked to contribute $10 dollars a night, but no one is turned away because of inability to pay.