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Ronald McDonald House in need of donations

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As Terrance Hull and Leandra Curtis are comfy watching television, it may seem like they're in their Athens home. But this isn't their house. For the past five months, the couple has been living in the Ronald McDonald's House downtown.
"Our son, he was born with his trachea and his esophagus connected to his stomach," Hull said. "And he didn't have an anus, so they had to rush him down here."
Hull and Curtis' son, Zaire, is in the Nic-U at the Children's Medical Center, the only children's hospital in the region. Less than a mile away, the Ronald McDonald House is a safe haven allowing parents to be close to their child, who are being treated in the hospital, and could be there for months.
"If we were to come down here and try to do it on our own," Hull said. "We would spend like $50 a night, at least, for a motel, which is approximately $7,500 a month, excluding gas, and all kinds of other stuff like washing clothes, all that stuff just adds up, and we don't really have the income for that."
These necessities can be a strain on any family's finances as the holidays approach. The Ronald McDonald's House is getting ready for their annual "Share-A-Night;" asking the public for $20 per night.
"That's what we ask families to donate to stay here, but they don't have to pay anything, no family is ever turned away," said Betts Murdison, President and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. "But we ask the public for $20 a night, and what we do with that is we light a on the house for the holiday season.
Each light will represent a person who made a donation and helped hundreds of families like Hull and Curtis.

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