What is The Ronald McDonald House?
I’m sure you have seen the canisters on the side of the registers at McDonald’s labeled “Ronald McDonald House Charity” but do you actually know what The Ronald McDonald House charity is? If you don’t, I will be filling you in about this wonderful organization, specifically focusing on the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, MA.
The mission of The Ronald McDonald House is to provide a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated in hospitals in the local area. The Springfield House mainly accommodates families whose children are being treated at The Shriners Children’s Hospital. The facility accommodates the families at an affordable rate, regardless of income. They help children reach their fullest potential and strive for comfort, compassion and community in everything they do. Each family has the privacy of their own bedroom, bathroom and communal support of dining and recreation facilities. The staff and many volunteers manage the day to day activities and keep the house running.
The Ronald McDonald House Vision:
“Imagine a world in which all children were loved and not a single child was disadvantaged, ill, abused, disabled, or homeless. It’s the kind of world we all dream about. Through the initiatives and programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Massachusetts, we are working to make that vision a reality.”
The Ronald McDonald House runs off of donations. Raising funds is key to maintaining the house and providing the families with food, shelter and all amenities that the house provides. The canisters at McDonald’s restaurants provide a great base of funding. The bulk of the funding comes from the generosity of other donors.
We will be bringing awareness to The Ronald McDonald House all week so stay tuned for our next blog which will explain how the Ronald McDonald House was established. For more information or to donate check out their website: http://rmhcctmass.drupalgardens.com/