"You don't think about where you are going to lay your head at night when you have a baby in the NICU. You aren't thinking of yourself - but, you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby. That's why the Ronald McDonald House is so important."
"The help that the House gives to families in need, as well as our family, is an inspiration to us all and has already taught my six-year-old, Rena, how important it is to give open heartedly to those in need."
The Williams Family
"Staying at the Ronald McDonald House allowed me to be at the hospital at a moment's notice during Mason's stay in the NICU. I honestly share my story with tears of joy; the Ronald McDonald House has allowed us to be a family."
The Lung Family
"During my stay at the House there were days when I was sick and wanted to be alone, but then there were days where we had a great time all piled up in the living room."
Judith, Cancer Patient
"My favorite thing about volunteering is the opportunity to listen to the families' stories. This seems to provide great comfort to them and their courage is inspiring to me."
"When we came to the House, we sat with the families and realized how the comforts of home can impact a child's healing process. Our donations are our way of showing we care for these families in need."
Dustin DeGoursey, General Manager of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Lexington
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC funded?
We are funded through generous supporters from our community and through annual fundraising events.
How many families can the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia accommodate?
The new Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, SC can accommodate sixteen families at one time.
Do many children stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia?
It varies. Sometimes, children stay at the Ronald McDonald House if they are undergoing outpatient treatments or outpatient surgery. Sometimes, siblings of the hospitalized child stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
How close is the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital?
The Ronald McDonald House is within walking distance to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and is actually located on the grounds of Palmetto Health Richland.
Who is eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia?
Any family who has a child being treated at a local hospital; the child must be 21 years of age or younger.
How far away from Columbia do families have to live in order to be permitted to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia?
When a family has a critically ill or injured child, sometimes even 20 miles is too far for a family to drive. The Ronald McDonald House of Columbia does not have a distance requirement.
Does the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia provide counseling to guests?
No. However, we do provide a supportive and loving environment that families can call their "home away from home".
Does the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia provide food to families staying there?
All meals and snacks are provided. Families typically prepare their own breakfast and lunch, and community volunteers prepare and serve dinner at 6:30 p.m. nightly.
What do families need to bring with them?
Nothing. Often, families who come to the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia are coming on very short notice. Therefore, we make sure that everything is provided - linens, toiletries and food.
Does the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia provide transportation to families staying there?
Palmetto Health Richland hospital's security services will transport families between the hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
What is the pop tab program?
The pop tab is the tab you pull to open your aluminum can. These tabs are collected and delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. They are then recycled in exchange for money.