Yesterday Caiden and I took a tour of The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House to learn more about the nonprofit organization and its mission. Which I have to admit, I knew very little of. Growing up in the 80’s, I just know its association with McDonald’s and seeing donation boxes inside the restaurants. But the organization is not fully funded by the McDonald Corporation – it relies on the community and I’m sharing the many ways you can help all year–round.
The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House
The nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide comfort, care and support to critically ill children and their families. This organization provides free temporary housing to accommodate 75 families each night—giving them the amenities of any typical home, including a room, communal kitchen, laundry rooms, and much more! Since its opening in 1980, the House has provided a “home away from home” to families while their child receives treatment at one of its partner hospitals in Los Angeles. The vision of the LA Ronald McDonald House is to create a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.
Meal of Love – Groups up to 15 people can come together to prepare a meal for families staying at the House. During their stay, parents struggle to find time to cook for their families as they spend most of their days at the hospital caring for their sick child, so this is a great way to help out!
Baking with Love – If you don’t want to cook a full meal, you can get a smaller group of 10 people to bake delicious treats.
Packed with Love – You can also put together snacks, crafts, laundry and/or birthday packs individually or with a group. This is a great way to get kids involved off-site.
House Volunteer – You can come once a week to serve at the House.
Birthday Party – Help celebrate a child’s birthday at the House by putting a special twist on your Meal of Love. Bring in the food, cake, decorations and fun activities.
Movie Night – You can bring a kid-friendly movie, snacks, and an activity.
Activity Volunteer – Host an activity or class, like arts & crafts.
Special Events – Volunteer during their special events like, Walk for Kids, Annual Gala, and more.
Donation Drives – Put together a donation drive of supplies needed from their wishlist.
Pull Tabs – Help with recycling proceeds by pulling and collecting the aluminum tabs off soda cans.
For more information, visit: rmhcsc.org/losangeles.