By Pat Ciarrocchi
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- On Tuesday night at the Ronald McDonald House in University City, red and white stripe socks were high fashion.
Seven-year-old Grace Weigman and her Mom, Holly who live in Florida modeled next to Ronald himself. When they put on their socks, they see a symbol of the brotherly love they find at the Ronald McDonald House.
"It's amazing," said Holly. "I'm so overwhelmed and humbled by the people who put in their time and love for us. There's no words for what they've done for our family. My husband is the only wage earner in our family."
The Philadelphia house right across the street from Children's Hospital has become a very familiar place for Grace. The Weigman family has stayed here fifteen times, because of spine surgeries that have left their tell-tale tracks, scarring Grace's back. Grace was born with a rare, spinal condition that doctors in Florida believed she wouldn't survive as an infant.
"She is amazing... she is a light," said her mother, with tears welling up in her eyes. "She is so strong."
On any given day, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House seems to have a special light. And at this time of year, it shines all the more brightly.
At this year's house holiday lighting celebration, Philadelphia police officer Roslyn Talley was in the spotlight. She understands bravery in the face of adversity.
With the OK of her top brass, Officer Talley asked everyone to step up and buy the signature socks to raise money to help sick children and their families who need shelter during long hospital stays. Officer Talley raised $26,000.
She shared the praise.
"My awesome co-workers jumped in and knew this was a great cause that we all could support. We also had the opportunity for one whole day to wear these socks for 24 hours."
Walking the beat felt a little lighter that day, as did Tuesday night. With a countdown, "Ronald" and some of his young guests threw the switch – creating a holiday wonderland on Chestnut Street.
When you drive along Chestnut near 39th Street, look for the lights on the Ronald McDonald House. They create more than snowflakes, and twinkling trees – strung together they are a beacon of hope.
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