Laura and Anne make the Ronald McDonald Family Room a warm, welcoming space inside the hospital.
Every Thursday, you can find Laura Ehret and Anne Strong in the Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the third floor of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, greeting families of pediatric patients. Together they have over two decades of experience bringing the comforts of home to those who need it most. Both women have been passionate about giving back to the community, specifically through the hospital, for many years.
These St. Louis natives know what it takes to keep a Ronald McDonald Family Room running smoothly. From making coffee to restocking snacks, helping a family with laundry or simply listening, they are there with smiles, making the room an inviting atmosphere for all who enter.
“[St. Louis] Children’s Hospital has always held a special place in my heart,” says Laura, who volunteered in the Recreational Therapy Department, now known as Child Life Services, before becoming an Assistant Director there in the 1970s.
Now, 40 years later, she continues to make a difference to seriously ill children and their families through her volunteer work with RMHC.
Anne, a retired school teacher, became involved in 2010 after learning more about RMHC St. Louis from a friend. She and Laura began sharing the 3-6 p.m. shift on Thursdays when the Ronald McDonald Family Room opened on the third floor in 2018.
“I love the people,” says Anne, noting that she especially appreciates the opportunity to meet international families, many of whom have shared their life stories with her.
We couldn’t be more grateful to Laura and Anne for sharing their time and warm hospitality with the guests of the Ronald McDonald Family Room. If you are considering volunteering on nights or weekends in the Family Room, we leave you with these words from Anne: “The people have made my time here fulfilling. You’ll enjoy it too!”