On November 11, Remington College’s corporate IT group, in Heathrow, Florida, donated seven desktop computers with LCD flat-panel monitors and speakers to the local Ronald McDonald House, in Orlando. The donation, valued at $2,100, was made on behalf of Remington College of Nursing, based in Lake Mary, Florida.
Eric Dunlap, a Service Desk Analyst at Remington College in Heathrow, arranged the donation. In addition to his regular job with our Service Desk group, Eric spends one weekend a month as a volunteer, managing the daily functions of the Orlando Ronald McDonald House.
With approval from Remington College’s Chief Information Officer Chuck Farraj, Eric and his teammates Brian House, John Cadwallader, Lafayette Michael II, and Avinash Akhil refurbished the PCs and set them up with Windows 7 operating systems and Office 2007 software before delivery.
“Our entire Service Desk group went there after work to deliver and set up the PCs,” said Brian, adding, “It felt great! It was a very heartwarming experience for all of us.”
Ronald McDonald House helps critically or terminally ill children and their families throughout the U.S. Each house assists families in the area who live 15 miles or more away from a hospital, providing them with a safe haven close to the hospital so that they can focus on the wellness of their child. “It’s one of those services you never want to have to use, but it’s nice to know that it’s there,” commented Brian.
Eric added, “The people who use the services of the Ronald McDonald House typically use email and the Internet as a means to stay in touch with family and friends, as a research tool to learn more about their child’s health issues, and basically as a form of diversion in their daily lives.
The PCs they had there were roughly about 10 years old, and only three of the five worked – barely. Shortly after we installed the PCs, the residents there were uploading pictures of their children and emailing them to family members.”
Ronald McDonald House of Orlando Assistant House Manager Cristina O’Connell expressed her gratitude on behalf of the residents: “Wow, the PCs are so nice – even better than my work computer! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
For more information on the efforts of Ronald McDonald House and details on how you can help, visit www.rmhccf.org.