Mother's Day to come early for Ronald McDonald House residents in Camden

The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, located in Camden, will celebrate Mother’s Day early with the presentation of gift bags full of pampering products.

On Saturday, the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation – a Cherry Hill-based nonprofit that helps mothers achieve economically and educationally --  will give gift bags to the 23 mothers currently living at the Ronald McDonald House with their seriously ill children. The gift bags, which are collected through the foundation’s Mothers Matter program, contain an assortment of items, including shampoo, conditioner, a loofah, body lotion, and makeup.

The families currently staying in the Camden house and seeking treatment in area hospitals are from all over the world. There are several local families but there are also people from Michigan, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Jordan, Trinidad, and Ecuador, according to a spokeswoman.

Jennifer Parrish, of Hazleton, Pa., will receive the organization’s 20,000th gift bag since the Mothers Matter program began in 2001. Parrish is staying at Camden Ronald McDonald House with her 4-year-old daughter, Paige, and baby, Emma, who was born in April with spina bifida at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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