A place to stay

Ashley Kimmel feeds her daughter Sophia Bordoff in their home Tuesday.
By: 
KELLY MORGAN KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

As McDonald’s windows begin filling up with paper hearts this February, Lebanon residents Ashely Kimmel and Ronald Bordoff will have a special reason to thank the people whose names are on those hearts.
 
Today, Kimmel and Bordoff are home in Lebanon with their newborn daughter Sophia Bordoff, but just a little over three months ago they were commuting to Springfield to visit Sophia in Mercy Hospital Springfield’s neonatal intensive care unit.
 
Kimmel said that she and Bordoff would have been lost without one of Springfield’s Ronald McDonald Houses during the 134 days that Sophia was in the NICU — including the first two to three months of her life when Kimmel stayed in Springfield full time.
 
“(The Ronald McDonald House) helps a lot of families to avoid the unneeded stress when the situation is already stressful,” Bordoff said. “Like when we were up there, everybody treated us so well. And we even seen other people we knew from Lebanon going through some surgeries and stuff — small stays. So it doesn’t just affect you for the long term; it’s something that will get you by for a weekend. So it was just nice to have that.”
 
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