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Ronald McDonald house in need of help after pipes burst closing rooms

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Photo courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House Photo courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House
Photo courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House Photo courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Ronald McDonald House, an organization that keeps families together when children are sick, needs help.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, a sprinkler pipe burst in the attic of the Ronald McDonald House.

Officials said 125 gallons of water per minute gushed through the facility flooding three levels of the house and displacing 17 families who have critically ill children.

"I think some families were able to stay with their child in the hospital. Their support had to go back to their home," said resident Liz Eads.

Eads said she considers herself fortunate.

Her family was one of the few who were not forced out of the Ronald McDonald House during the flooding.

"My first instinct was to offer, I have a bed that my husband is not using because he is in the military and he had to go back to work. My first instinct was to let someone sleep in my bed so they didn't have to go home because we are all here for a reason," she said.

Development director of the facility, Heather Powell, captured cell phone video of the ordeal.

"They are already facing very difficult circumstances, having a sick child in the hospital. So the last thing we want to do is add to that burden or add to that stress by having something catastrophic happen like what happened yesterday," said Powell.

A team is working as fast as they can to restore rooms, but the damage is significant. It will be several weeks before the families can move back in.

Eads learned offering her room to someone else in need isn't an option.

"I get a text message from my husband who had just arrived at home saying our pipes had burst in our house so I couldn't pack up the children and go home," said Eads.

Eads is grateful she is able to stay at the Ronald McDonald house while her son, a premature baby, is treated for a rare chromosome condition. Several other families are scrambling to find a place to stay while their children receive lifesaving care.

Officials with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville say the non-profit needs help to rebuild.

Needed items include:

  • large, black heavy-duty trash bags
  • small bathroom trash bags,
  • pillows (standard size)
  • pillow covers (standard size)
  • twin size mattress covers (plastic/waterproof zip-around covers only)
  • shower curtains
  • shower liners (clear only)
  • plastic shower curtain rings
  • rubber bath mats (tub)
  • laundry baskets (plastic only with handles)
  • toilet bowl brushes (with holders only)
  • white plastic bathroom trash cans
  • white medium size bedroom trash cans

Monetary donations can be made online or can also be mailed to 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

"2014 Flood Recovery" should be written in the check's memo.

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