DoinGood for Sick Kids: Why Change Makes a Difference on RMHC Day of Change
Having a sick kid is already a stressful situation. So imagine when it gets kicked up to the next level, when people are tossing around the word “critical” or when the injuries are “severe”. The questions can be overwhelming for parents and caregivers. Fortunately for families with children being treated in local Atlanta hospitals in such circumstances, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is here to give temporary housing and support. And you can support ARMHC’s mission today by dropping your change in the designated box at your local McDonald’s on Ronald McDonald Day of Change.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have a Ronald McDonald House here in the ATL since 1979. And last year alone, the house nearest to Northside Hospital served 300+ families in need of support and shelter. At both locations (the second is over by Emory), families are able to get out of the hospital environment and into a place that will give them a good meal and the emotional support they need to cope with the situation. I don’t have any kids but have had a loved one hospitalized in critical condition before – it was hard to tear myself away but having somewhere else to go while they were being tested or sleeping was crucial in not having a total breakdown every 5 seconds. I can’t even imagine how much more intense that would have been if it had been my child. ARMHC also does good in other ways for Atlanta via scholarships for high school seniors.
Aside from stopping by Mickey D’s today to give your spare change to the cause, there are other ways you can get involved. The Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses are always looking for volunteer groups to make the evening meals, bring by baked treats, or stop by with breakfast items for the families. Big fun for corporate groups or the group of home chefs who think they’d be up to the challenge. They even have something called a Casserole Club, which sounds perfect for busting out that good ol’ comfort food recipe passed down from your mom or grandma. Groups can also sponsor a night’s stay for a family (ARMHC asks for $20/night for families to stay at one of the houses). Individuals can DoGood for these families as well, by volunteering for a shift at the house where you can greet incoming families, help them get registered, or answer phones. You can also donate the tabs from your aluminum soda cans to the house, which recycles them and uses the money to fund Ronald McDonald House activities here in Atlanta. There are so many great (and easy) ways to volunteer to help this amazing cause – kick in your change today at McDonald’s, then contact one of the houses to find out how you can DoGood for these families.
Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses:
5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta – near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
795 Gatewood Rd, Atlanta – near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston
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