Monday, February 28, 2011

Renucci Hospitality House

While Gabe was hospitalized in September and October '10 our family was blessed to be able to stay close to him in the Renucci Hospitality House. Although it wasn't easy, and it wasn't home, the staff and volunteers there did everything they could to help us to feel comfortable and cared for.  Several church and community groups would bring in meals for the guests of the house at least once each week.  During our stay Kevin and I thought often about what we might do someday to give back to this philanthropic effort, which we hope to continue to do in the years to come. 

If you are interested in a unique way to give to others who are dealing with a sick or premature baby (and live in or near Grand Rapids, MI) perhaps you would like to consider donating items from the list below directly to the Renucci House.  This list has been prepared by those working directly with the families.

Urgent Needs:
Supermarket gift cards (Meijer, Family Fare, Wal-Mart)
Liquid laundry soap (Tide, Arm & Hammer or Dreft)
Fruit juices (orange, apple, grape, etc.)
Canned Kool-Aid, punch or lemonade mixes
Fresh fruit (oranges, apples, grapes, etc.)
Cascade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

Various Items:
Combs and brushes
Shampoo (sample size)
Magazine subscriptions
$5.00 taxi vouchers
Restaurant gift certificates (restaurants within walking distance are ideal)
Supermarket gift cards
Foil, plastic wrap and baggies
Pens/pencils/small note pads
Non-stick frying pans

Food Pantry Items:
Snack bars/granola bars/cookies
Baked goods “for immediate use”
Chips, crackers

If you have questions about items listed on the Wish List or other ways to help support the Renucci Hospitality House, please feel free to contact Kirk Bart at (616) 391-1787.


  1. I've always thought it would be neat if our SB moms group did a meal for the Renucci house. I loved it when people brought a home-cooked meal and it would be a nice way for us to give back.

  2. We have the Ronald McDonald House here in MO that sounds similar to this. My Dad has gone there a few times to cook meals.


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