Woman's Donation Helps Hospital, Families

Sunday, December 21st 2008, 10:55 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A woman's donation has helped the Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City complete a new room they are building at OU Medical Center's Children's Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House has been giving the families of OU Medical Center's smallest patients a home away from home for 25 years. Now, a woman's generous heart and wallet will provide even more families a place to rest their heads during what can be a very stressful time.

It all started with a guest interview on NEWS 9 Saturday morning. A coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House said they needed about $50,000 to finish the new family room at the Children's Hospital.

After the show, the organization got a call from Annette Serviss. The metro mom and her family stepped in and made the $50,000 donation.

"It was a God send for us. We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for three and a half months while we were in St. Louis, and it was calming and provided stability to have a place to stay," Annette Serviss said.

Her daughter had a heart transplant about four years ago and found out first hand just how important the Ronald McDonald house is.

"Everything they did for us, it's impossible to just say thank you and be done with it. You got to keep going," daughter Alex Serviss said.

For the Oklahoma branch of the charity, the donation was a huge surprise.

"I'm always so touched by the goodness of people. And being at the Ronald McDonald House, I get to see that every day, people either giving their time or their funds, and this is huge. This giving is a huge giving," Tamara Gilkey with the Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City said.

With this donation, they expect the project to be complete by the end of the year.