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The Mountain West Ronald McDonald House, scheduled to open in Salt Lake City later this year, is in need of donations and volunteers to complete outside landscaping and interior work.

Robert Springmeyer, chairman of the Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children, owners of the home, said they are also recruiting volunteers to help install wallboard on interior walls and paint. While the house has a "finished look" on the outside, much more work needs to be done for project completion.

The house is being built through community contributions, including in-kind donations - materials, labor and cash endowments.

When completed, the Ronald McDonald House will provide a "home away from home" for families of children being treated in area hospitals for cancer, leukemia, prematurity or other serious illnesses. The house, at 935 E. South Temple, will have 16 bedrooms and is expected to operate at capacity the year-round. Many other Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country, in fact, have a long waiting list.

Springmeyer said those interested in helping should call 363-HOME for details, or send contributions to the Mountain West Ronald McDonald House, 935 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.