In 2014, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis created the
Wings of Love bereavement program to provide support to Ronald McDonald House families
whose children lose their battle to cancer. Understanding that the time spent
at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis is a special time in a family’s journey
through pediatric cancer, the Wings of Love program provides support for
families – beyond a roof over their heads – during an emotionally challenging
time in their lives.
Families receive a beautiful wind chime engraved with their
child’s name and the inscription: “When
the wind blows, know that I am near.” These
chimes serve as a special reminder of a family’s time spent together in Memphis
at Ronald McDonald House during a very difficult time.
“Thank you for the beautiful remembrance in honor of our son,” a
mother wrote in a letter after she received their wind chime. “Every time we
hear it ring we will remember the good times we spent at Ronald McDonald House
In addition to the memorial wind chime, Ronald McDonald House of
Memphis may also provide a small financial gift to families that need
assistance with burial expenses.
staff works closely with the social work team at St. Jude to identify the
families that need the additional support.
“Every time I send a wind chime to a family that has lost their
child, I take a few minutes to remember that child while acknowledging the
tremendous loss that it is,” said Sherri Maxey, Director of House Operations.
“I think about and remember all the fun times we had while they stayed at their
‘home-away-from-home. The response from the families has been very positive and
they are always thankful that we remember their child with this small
For more information about the Wings of Love program,
contact Sherri Maxey at 312-7474.