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Jeanette Bruns 2-13-15

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton could not survive without the dedicated support of our volunteers. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our long-time volunteers, Jeanette Bruns. Jeanette began volunteering at RMHC Dayton on March 1st, 2007. She enjoyed ensuring the House felt like home for guest families – freshening up flower displays, changing the décor, and making the kitchen sparkle. Her all-time favorite task? Dressing the Kennedy the Giraffe in Dayton Flyers clothes to support her favorite college basketball team! Jeanette was honored with Heart of the House Award in 2011 to recognize her tremendous amount of dedication for our mission.

For National Volunteer Appreciation Week in 2016, we interviewed Jeanette to spotlight her commitment to keeping families of hospitalized children close. Read her 2016 spotlight below:

Friendly, Ambitious, Hard Worker

Jeanette is a life-long volunteer, giving her time to not only RMHC Dayton, but also to the food pantry, St. Vincent De Paul, her church and the Parish Council. For 20 years, she was also a teacher’s aide. Hard worker is right! Jeanette has four married children and eleven grandchildren.

Why did you choose to volunteer at RMHC?

I heard about it in passing and thought, “Someday I would like to volunteer once I retire.” Walt, my neighbor at the end of the street, was involved and told me RMHC was always looking for volunteers.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?

I always feel very welcomed, the work isn’t too hard and it’s relaxing! It’s a good diversion from the rest of my life and it’s nice to get away and do something different. As a widow, it also provides me some structure: a place to go. That way, I always have at least one thing planned in my day. I can’t stand to just sit around!

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I was an avid competitive tennis player! I love the game. I still do and I still miss it.

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?

I’d say definitely go for it!

Jeanette gave the RMHC Dayton something priceless: her heart. The RMHC family was never the same once she walked through our doors! We are so very grateful that Jeanette shared some of her passion, skills and commitment with us and we celebrate her remarkable life.

 Left: Shamrock Shake Right: Jimmy Murray and Audrey Evans at the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House. MCDONALDS

The daughter of then-Eagles tight end Fred Hill, Kim, had been diagnosed with leukemia. He retired, but the Eagles still contributed to fundraisers. That led to then-Eagles general manager Jim Murray talking with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) about what it needed.

Dr. Audrey Evans, a pediatric oncologist, told Murray that CHOP needed a place for parents to stay. The Eagles looked for a corporate sponsor to help out. McDonald’s agreed to donate 25 cents from a week of Shamrock Shakes sales to fund what would become known as the Ronald McDonald House.

Read more: “The Shamrock Shake – A beloved treat with a legacy of love.”