This year, Ronald McDonald House Charities tis 40 years old and we're celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia, Inc. here in Columbus!
To celebrate...we're asking everyone to "Show Your Stripes" in support of our House and our mission to help families remain together when it matters most.
You can pick up a pair of our fun and fashionable red and white striped Ronald McDonald socks for a donation of $5 or more at any McDonald's in Columbus, Phenix City, Ladonia, Valley, Lagrange and Hogansville. They are also available at the Ronald McDonald House.
On Friday, December 19th, the Columbus Cottonmouths will be "Showing Their Stripes" as they take on the Knoxville Ice Bears. Ronald McDonald will be there and socks will be available as well. We invite you to come out and enjoy a fun, family night and support the House.
Make sure you get pictures of yourself, family, friends and co-workers in your socks and send them to us. If you post them on your Facebook or Twitter, please include #forRMHC in your post.
A "Home Away From Home"
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible - even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support.
For families facing the serious illness of a child, there are many unknowns. Today, the question "Where will I stay?" doesn't have to be one of them thanks to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA.
For the hundreds of families who find themselves away from home during a medical crisis, lodging alternatives are slim. Those who cannot afford a hotel must commute, doze in a hospital waiting room or at best, sleep in their car. Even for those who can afford a hotel, the cost of an extended stay can be more that most families can bear.
The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA provides temporary lodging to the families of children, age 21 or younger, who travel to Columbus for specialized medical care. Staying at our Ronald McDonald House allows parents the ability to better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. Families who cross our threshold seek respite, an encouraging word, a place to rest, regroup and ready themselves to face whatever tomorrow may bring. For these individuals, our Ronald McDonald House represents more than just a place to stay; it is a place of warmth, comfort and caring.
Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA keeps families together and allows parents to make a promise to their sick child that they know they can keep - "No matter what, we'll be right here with you!"
Meet Our Families
Here you will find stories and videos from some of our families that have called The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia, Inc. their "home away from home." We could not do this for these families without your support.
Scott, Maggie and Ford Slay
Please take a moment to watch this touching video created and shared by one
of our previous families that is simply amazing and illustrates why we do what we do!
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