Deck the Doors campaign brings festive atmosphere to Ronald McDonald House

Deck the Doors campaign brings festive atmosphere to Ronald McDonald House
Allyson, a hospital patient, stands with her mom in front of their decked door at Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville back in 2020.

The holidays are a difficult time to be in the hospital, especially for children and their families. To help bring holiday cheer to those families, 121 Financial has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RHMC) of Jacksonville in their Deck the Doors campaign, which kicked off October 1.

“Through this campaign, we invite the community to support our mission by spreading hope and encouragement to families staying at our House during the holidays,” read an email from Ashley Strickland, marketing manager at RHMC of Jacksonville.

Deck the Doors supporters may purchase a holiday paper light icon for $5. On the back of each icon is space to handwrite a special, personalized message of hope and encouragement to a family, which the RMHC staff will place around the perimeter of each family’s room door.  It takes 150 holiday paper light icons to “Deck a Door” and 500 paper icons to deck a common space, such as the kitchen, dining room and play room, according to Strickland.

A young guest shows off a holiday paper light icon.
A young guest shows off a holiday paper light icon.

“The Deck The Doors campaign is important because the funds from this campaign directly supports our mission to providing lodging, meals, transportation and compassionate care to critically ill children and their families when they need to be near a hospital for treatment.

“Having a critically ill or injured child is difficult, add to that the strain and stress of having to be away from home during the holidays, makes families’ situations even more challenging. Deck The Doors shows the families we serve that there is a community of supporters who are committed to bringing the joys and magic of the holidays to them during their time of need,” said Strickland.

RMHC of Jacksonville serves more than 1,100 families every year. The services they provide would not be possible without contributions from generous donors. The main donor and title sponsor for this year’s event is 121 Financial Credit Union. 

“Deck the Doors is a such a great, intimate way to remind the families and children at Ronald McDonald House that they’re not alone. Illness and treatment can be very isolating and we want to encourage these families to stay strong and know that they are in the right place. We’re honored to sponsor such an amazing program,” said David Marovich, President and CEO of 121 Financial Credit Union.

David Marovich
David Marovich

In 2020, through the support of individuals, schools, community groups and corporations, RMHC of Jacksonville raised a record $100,000 plus and placed 20,000 holiday paper light icons featuring handwritten messages of hope throughout the entire House.

To make a difference this holiday season, visit and click on Deck the Doors, under the events tab. For every $5 donated to the mission of Ronald McDonald House, a holiday light paper icon with a special message from you will be added to the room doors of families staying at the House.

By Kandace Lankford
Resident Community News

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