For over forty years, Ronald McDonald House Charites have provided financial and housing assistance to sick children and their families and caregivers in cities across America. The yearly Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour supports the house’s mission by taking up a love offering at each stop to support the families whose lives are aided by the charity. In preparation for the tour, kicking off May 17th in Chicago, gospel powerhouses and tour performers JJ Hairston and Deitrick Haddon, visited the Ronald McDonald House Chicago location near Lurie Children’s Hospital.
The guided tour was emotional for JJ, who remembered his own family’s needs after the birth of their premie years ago.
“I didn’t really understand what the Ronald McDonald House was before I came here. I thought it was a place that treated the sicknesses. I didn’t realize they housed the families of the kids who are dealing with different types of sicknesses. It struck a chord with me, because they help a lot of families who have premies, and my son was a premie. I remember having to go back and forth to the hospital for a month and a half, and the financial strain. So to have a program like this that can relieve that pressure, that’s amazing.”
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Gospel Artist JJ Hairston Shares His Personal Connection To The Ronald McDonald House Charities was originally published on praisecleveland.com