Today is Giving Tuesday NOW and you can help a local family by making a donation that will have a direct impact on continuing to deliver Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Mission of keeping families close.
Right now it’s hard for all families to stay close – but it’s even harder for families of seriously ill children, especially those who must travel far from home for treatment.
RMHC houses across Canada have experienced a 30-70% reduction of funding due to cancellation of fundraising events and volunteer programs as a result of COVID-19.
They are rallying Canadians together to fund-raise $387,000 to help them keep families close. The target amount honours the number of families they’ve helped since 1981, and in support of the families that will continue to need them now and into the future. Fundraising begins on Giving Tuesday for a month-long initiative to raise necessary funds.
As a recognized essential service, they continue to serve existing families at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada during COVID-19. In support of their hospital partners, they have temporarily repurposed select Ronald McDonald Family Rooms inside hospitals to provide a place for rest for front-line healthcare workers, as well as repurposed the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile as a maternity clinic in Calgary at this time to provide physical exams and postpartum wellness checks.
100% of the donations made will go directly to support the RMHC Chapter in your community, in support of families. Every little bit helps make a difference, and will help provide individually packaged non-perishable food, hot meals for families, extra cleaning supplies for advanced cleaning procedures, and the gift of Family Nights to help a family stay together at a Ronald McDonald House.
RMHC FAST FACTS:
- Despite COVID-19, 12 of Canada’s 15 Ronald McDonald Houses continue to support existing families staying with them, providing overnight accommodations, meals and support
- RMHC continues to support 25,000 families with sick children each year across Canada, supporting families from across 3,434 communities
- 1 in 4 Canadians have either stayed at a Ronald McDonald House or know someone who has.
You can make a donation at mhccanada.ca/fundraisers/donate-COVID19, where 100% of the proceeds will support a local house or chapter, or spread the word by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and tagging @rmhccanada