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.
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.
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
- Video games (rated E)
- Movies (rated G)
- Balls and outdoor games
We want to make it easy for families to have meals and snacks without worrying about grocery shopping.
- Canned goods
- Non-perishable food items
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 has local Chapters in more than 60 countries and regions around the world
- More than $200 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
- At least one RMHC core program provides care for children and their families being served at 89% of the top children’s hospitals worldwide
- In 2014, RMHC served nearly 5.7 million children and families
WHAT WE DO
Keeping families together to help kids heal and cope better
Rose Torphy's FamilyX
Running with Rose for RMHC
Five generations of my family took a walk led by my mother, Rose, who celebrated her 100th birthday in September. This wasn’t just any walk; it was the Running for Hope 5K Run/Fun Walk to raise money to support RMHC of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Surrounded by one of her daughters, two ... Read More
The Wehr FamilyX
RMHC helped us cope while our child was hospitalized
I knew about RMHC before our daughter Autumn was hospitalized, but I had no idea what it would mean to us to be able to stay at the House. I had no idea just how much thought and effort staff and volunteers put into making life easier for families with sick children. Our eleven-month-old daughter Au... Read More
The Soderstrom FamilyX
I Will Always Remember My 15th Birthday
On June 30th, my family and I celebrated the 4th anniversary of the day I finished my cancer treatments and left the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. We felt so lucky to be offered a room at the House, but even luckier when we got to go home three months later.I had just turned 15 when I started my tr... Read More
The Haemmerle FamilyX
RMHC helped give our family new hope
My three-year-old son, Brady, has had extensive medical issues since he was eight weeks old and developed tremendous difficulty eating. Since that time he has been in the hospital – sometimes for weeks at a time – over and over again. After all this time, we understand that we may never know the roo... Read More
The Castleberry FamilyX
Miracle Twins Celebrate First Birthday
As the mother of four girls, I was so excited that one of the twins I was expecting was a boy. When we learned there was a blockage in his urethra causing major kidney damage and putting our unborn son in danger, we were scared but determined to find a way to help him. We pushed doctors to try every... Read More