Sandra Tillinghast's from Ithaca, stayed at the old Ronald McDonald house for two months back in 2008 when her daughter was a patient at upstate hospital. Tillinghast says the new home will is a lifesaver for out of town parents like herself who have nowhere else to turn. " What I'm thrilled about is that it houses 25 families which also doubles the capacity where we were. That's important because there's a waiting list," she says.Fundraising for the six million dollar project began back in 2006. Much of the work and many of the materials used to build the new house were donated by the community. Beth Trunfio, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Syracuse, says without the genorisity of the community the new house would never of been built. " This is truly the house that love built. It was built with love and care and compassion and that's carried through each and every day here at the Ronald McDonald House," she says.The Ronald McDonald House is fully handicap accessible and features an elevator, guest rooms with private baths, a large family centered kitchen, a private registration area for guest families and a community room. The new House on East Genesee Street is much bigger than the previous house, which was about 10,000 square feet. The new house is about 35,000 square feet. Much of the work for the new Ronald McDonald House has been donated, including 52 queen mattresses that were donated from Metro Mattress earlier this month.
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