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    FOR HELPING FAMILIES FIND STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.

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    Other Ways to Help

    Choose an activity that’s just right for you

    In addition to cash donations, there are many other ways to contribute to RMHC, all of which are valuable and can directly benefit your local Chapter and any program it operates.

    • Pop Tab Collection

      Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections – up to $30,000. Look for special RMHC pop tab collection containers in the shape of a house at schools, community and civic groups, and other local organizations in your area. You can also contact a Ronald McDonald House near you to ask about getting your own house for collection.

      Find an RMHC Chapter near you

    • Toy & Food Donations

      Ronald McDonald Houses host thousands of children a year, so the toys, books and games in the Houses are all well used. And after long days at hospitals, families welcome home-cooked meals prepared in the House kitchen as well. But keeping our Houses fully stocked depends on the help of the community and we want to make sure they have everything they need. Here are some items that Houses can generally use, but we encourage you to contact your local House program to get specific lists.

      Toys
      Because Ronald McDonald Houses serve so many children and families, we only accept new, non-handmade toys.

      • Board games
      • Stuffed animals and dolls
      • Books for various reading levels
      • Puzzles
      • Video games (rated E)
      • Movies (rated G)
      • Balls and outdoor games

      Food
      We want to make it easy for families to have meals and snacks without worrying about grocery shopping.

      • Canned goods
      • Non-perishable food items

      Shopping List
      Houses need the same products as your home, but they need them in bulk because several families stay in a House every night.

      • Paper products (facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels)
      • Trash bags
      • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags
      • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
      • Cleaning products (sponges, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent)
      • Bath and bedroom items (towels, shower curtains, sheets and pillow cases)
      • Personal care products (deodorant, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
      • Entertainment products (games, movies, books, art supplies)
      • Long-distance phone cards
      • Gift cards for local grocery stores and gas stations
      • Greeting cards and postage stamps
      • Gift certificates to local grocery stores and department stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc)
      • Transportation vouchers (buses, taxis, trains)
      • Passes to museums, cultural and sporting events
      • Contact the Chapter in your area to get a specific wish list for your local House.
    • Bank of America® Visa® Credit & Debit Cards

      You may think you are just buying groceries or a new shirt, but to RMHC your purchase helps keep families together when their child is facing a medical crisis.

      When you open a new, qualifying RMHC-branded Bank of America® Visa® credit or debit card you will help provide stability and resources to families.

      • Ronald McDonald House Charities receives $35 for each credit card account, an additional $1 on each anniversary of the account opening, and 15 cents for every $100 spent in purchases.
      • Ronald McDonald House Charities receives $3 for each new eligible checking account opened and 3 cents for every $100 spent in purchases.

      Display your commitment to RMHC with every purchase and Click here to get started.

      For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, click on the link above and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit card application. Banking Products are provided by Bank of America, N.A., and affiliated banks, Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

      Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. ©2014 Bank of America Corporation

    Did you know?

    • RMHC now has local chapters in more than 58 countries and regions around the world
    • More than $200 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
    • RMHC programs can be found in 78% of the world’s best children’s hospitals
    • Every year, RMHC helps nearly 9 million families stay together
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    RMHC STORIES

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      Helping RMHC Provide Comfort and Care to RMHC Families

      When my daughter was born at just 31 weeks last fall, we suddenly found ourselves spending day and night at the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC). We wanted to be with Aspen as much as possible while she was in the NICU. Our family was so blessed to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House C... Read More

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      Heads or Tails?

      On her birthday, 14-year-old Francesca of Mantua, Italy, learned that she had myelodysplasia leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. She would have to leave home and stay in a hospital that was more than an hour from her home to undergo medical treatment. It was the worst birthday possible. An... Read More

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      Martin Vu

      While each Ronald McDonald House is astonishingly unique, they were all designed with one simple premise in mind – to be a warm, welcoming home away from home for families traveling to receive critical care for their child. Equipped with laundry facilities, full service kitchens, playrooms, and lovi... Read More

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      Togetherness

      It’s funny. We used to pass each other in the hallways at school all the time. We kind of knew each other, but weren’t exactly friends. Now, thanks to a special place called the Ronald McDonald House, we’re friends – very close friends.   Today, friendship means a lot more to us. While we both have ... Read More

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      Duets

      In a nook on the fifth floor of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an old upright piano. The room is Chloe’s concert hall and the instrument is her Steinway. Sitting up straight, her hands melt into the keyboard as sonatas, concertos, and waltzes start streaming through the... Read More

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      Love for RMHC Runs in my Family

      When I was born, my parents learned that I had a heart defect called ‘transposition of the great vessels’ that required open heart surgery. The next day, I was flown from Tallahassee, Florida, to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. My parents drove the two and a half hours from Tallahassee to G... Read More

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      Forever Grateful for RMHC

      When our two-year-old daughter Avery suddenly became very ill over Labor Day weekend two years ago, my husband Ryan and I rushed her to our local hospital. The ER doctors did a CAT scan and immediately transferred Avery to Rainbows Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. When the helicopter arrived to... Read More

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      Comfort, Care and Support

      After a long and difficult labor, Katie Bloodworth’s precious new baby finally arrived.  But the doctors and nurses in the delivery room began working on her urgently.  Katie and her husband had no idea what would happen next.  They were scared; baby Ellen wasn’ t making a sound. Thankfully, baby El... Read More

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      A Love Story

      Landri’s story is one of love. Pure and simple. From her adoption, to her care to the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey that made it possible; love has helped her fight, stay strong, put one foot in front of the other and thrive. 

       

      Landri is the youngest in the Hellinga family. After ... Read More

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      Christina

      When you are 900 miles from your home, sitting in a room in the hospital, hearing that a mass was discovered in your chest and it’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the first thing that pops into your head, is ‘why me?’ Soon after, when you find out that you have six months of chemotherapy and radiation ahead an... Read More

     

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