Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House of Michiana, Inc.

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SOUTH BEND, IN - Ronald McDonald House of Michiana, Inc. welcomes a $5,000 grant from Woodforest Charitable Foundation. 

Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children heal faster and cope better. The Ronald McDonald Family Room of Michiana offers families a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just moments away from their sick child.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room of Michiana is an Oasis providing the comforts of home for the immediate families of children undergoing medical treatment in area medical facilities.  The Family Room helps alleviate stress by providing families with an escape inside of the hospital. Additionally, parents find relief and camaraderie by talking with and being surrounded by others in similar circumstances.  “While many of us are trying to cut back expenses during the current economic climate, the need has only increased at the Family Room.  Now more than ever before, every donation makes a difference in the life of a child,” said Shelley Lesniewicz, Executive Director of Operations, Ronald McDonald House of Michiana.  “Woodforest’s contributions help provide a “home away from home” at no cost to our families.  We greatly appreciate your continued support.”

The Family Room is approximately 1,500 square feet with three sleeping rooms, two baths with showers, a laundry room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a library with internet access.  Since opening its doors in 2002, the Ronald McDonald Family Room has served over 7,500 families.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House of Michiana, please call (574) 647-3020 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities.  For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at