Primary gift makes playground possible

Funds earmarked to benefit children donated to Ronald McDonald facility

The Primary organization of the Church has donated $20,000 for construction of a playground and purchase of playground equipment at the Mountain West Ronald McDonald House.

Primary Gen. Pres. Michaelene Grassli presented a check April 13 to Robert G. Christopher, president of Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children, owners of the house."The money is from an endowment established by the estate of Mrs. Margaret W. Nutt, who asked that the Church's Primary organization be the caretaker of the funds and that they be used to benefit children," Sister Grassli explained. "After looking at several options and checking out various organizations, we feel that this is a worthy place to donate her money."

Elder Paul H. Dunn, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and adviser to the Primary, attended the presentation, as did Sister Grassli's counselors, Betty Jo Jepsen and Ruth B. Wright, and Primary board members. A tour of the 16-bedroom facility followed the short ceremony.

The Ronald McDonald house provides a facility where families of children with serious illnesses can live while the children are being treated at nearby hospitals, according to Karen Huber, house manager for the Salt Lake facility.

"The house offers much more than just a place to live," she explained. "There is a support system that these families find here, an immediate bond with others who can understand the feelings and emotions they are experiencing."

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