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The community came together Friday night to support Ronald McDonald House charities of Northwest Ohio.

"We're an organization that relies 100% on donations," Chad Bringman, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Toledo said.  "Events like this help share a night with the families and offsets cost that they have."

Hundreds of people attended the Heartwarming Party that raises money for the families who need it most.

"Instead of staying in a hotel and acquiring all the extra expenses we got hooked up with the Ronald McDonald house," Mark Meyers a Toledoan said.

20 years ago, Meyers spent two months at the Columbus house while his son had spine surgery.

He calls the organization a lifeline.  He was able to be with his son without spending extra money on hotel rooms and interact with other parents facing the same situation.

"Anybody that's had a child stay in a hospital knows you're there first thing in the morning until late at night," Meyers said.

That's why he and his family wanted to make a donation, to the place that was once home.

"It's something you never forget," Meyers said.  "Once you go through it, anytime you see a Ronald McDonald house you think back to the time."

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