The Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson took the construction obstructed Gardiner Expressway, Queen Elizabeth Highway and the 403 to Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon to visit Ronald McDonald House Hamilton (RMHH) in support of the Meals That Heal program.
Amir Johnson talked about why he visited RMHH and how much he enjoys making other people happy.
“One of my best fans hit me up over twitter and told me about it, so I said why not,” Johnson said. “I had never been to Hamilton before, so it was just something I wanted to do. Toronto is so big and there are some places I have never seen before.”
Johnson had a blast interacting with the residents of RMHH, the staff and the volunteers. Check out the photo gallery of his visit.
RMHH CEO Chantell Tunney described how their facility got started and the services they provide to the community and beyond. She also talked about how difficult it is to get big name athletes like Johnson to come to Hamilton in support of RMHH.
“It is very difficult for us,” Tunney said. “A lot of the sports teams will go and fulfill their commitments to the (RMH) Houses nationally through the Toronto House because it is convenient, but our Hamilton families follow Toronto hockey, they follow Toronto baseball, they follow Toronto basketball and it is really tough for us to get athletic figures out here to the House to visit them, so tonight is really special.
“It gets the awareness out there that we are here and gives us an opportunity to tell our story on the types of services that we provide and that Hamilton is a thriving health care centre. We serve 700 to 1,000 families every year and we save about $2.5 million in out-of-pocket expenses for these families. There is not another facility in the community in Hamilton or Toronto or any other City that Ronald McDonald Houses exist in that provide what we do.”
Check out the Ronald McDonald House Hamilton website for more information and how you can help them.