"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
Relationship with McDonald's
Ronald McDonald House Charities has been McDonald's "charity of choice" since 1974.
McDonald's is one of our corporate donors and portions of our annual operating costs are graciously funded by owner/operators of local McDonald's restaurants. However, their involvement extends beyond monetary support
McDonald's involvement extends beyond monetary support:
- McDonald's employees are dedicated volunteers.
- Owner/operators participate in local and global RMHC boards.
- A portion of funds from the RMHC Donation Boxes hosted in restaurants contribute to the annual operating costs of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC.
- McDonald's hosts an annual, global fundraiser in May, called Give a Hand. Since 2002, it has raised more than $170 million for RMHC and children's charities around the world.
- With each purchase of a McDonald's Happy Meal® or Mighty Kid's Meal® throughout the year, a donation is made to RMHC.
We greatly value all of the support our McDonald's family continuously shares with RMHC. However, no company can solely fund our programs and projected growth. We rely on all of our corporate and individual supporters so that we can continue to help families who rely on our services.