Being sick is scary. It is scary for a child and it is scary for moms and dads, for brothers and sisters, for grandmas and grandpas, for neighbors and friends.
When a child you love is sick, little matters more than the nearness between you and him.
The 600 families that stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House each year know that the strength, hope and comfort of their seriously ill and injured children are greatest when they stay close- when families stay together.
At an operating cost of $55 a night, families staying in any of the Ronald McDonald House’s 26 rooms come “home” to private bedrooms and bathrooms, a “Help Yourself” kitchen where home-cooked meals are prepared daily, laundry facilities, living areas with computer access, family kitchens on each floor, a fitness room, a teen lounge, an indoor play area, an outdoor playground, and the continuous love and support of staff, volunteers and other families caring for sick children.
These same services would cost around $1,000 a week at a nearby hotel for families whose average length of stay falls around 15 days. Of the nearly 50 families served per month, roughly 18% are able to afford the requested $10 per night donation.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga stays open 365 days a year for families of seriously ill and injured children regardless of their ability to pay.
Together we are stronger. Together we are not afraid. Together we are home.
Share-A-Night at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga and give strength to seriously ill and injured children.