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Give the Gift of Togetherness for Families with Critically-Ill Children this Holiday Season


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC), your local chapter of the global non-profit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, is asking people everywhere to help keep families with critically-ill children close to each other and the medical care their child needs to heal by giving the gift of togetherness.

The old adage “home is where the heart is” particularly strikes true for families who spend the holiday season at pediatric medical facilities. That is why, each year, RMHC DC celebrates the Season of Giving from November through December by encouraging online donations at www.rmhcdc.org that can help keep families close when they need it most all year long.

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Moms Cope Better After Skin-to-Skin Contact with Seriously Ill Baby

From EurekAlert! - Researchers are scheduled to present important evidence at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition supporting what we all know - mommy's need to stay close to their sick little ones so everyone can cope better.

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Medela Recycles Program Benefits RMHC with New Breast Pumps

August is National Breastfeeding Month. This month, Medela has given us two things to celebrate! Medela introduced the program Medela Recycles to ease the stress on nursing mothers staying at Ronald McDonald House. The program is "focused on helping moms who have finished their breastfeeding journey help another mom start hers."

Every pump received through the Medela Recyles program "supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The goal is to provide moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at Ronald McDonald House. This consistency will ease the transition from the hospital to Ronald McDonald House and give families caring for a baby in the NICU one less thing to worry about."

Find out how you can recycle your pump through Medela Recycles to support and comfort another mom during a challenging time.

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When Baby Gabby Had Surgery, Her Family Found Comfort At RMHC DC


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What 35 Years of Helping Families in Need Means to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) has been blessed to be a part of the Greater Washington, DC community for 35 years. In this city, we may see a lot of political change and power players, but we're still a city rooted in American values like family, opportunity, and lending a hand to those in need.

Support from a community that holds these values dear has made it possible for us to:

  • Give families the opportunity to seek the best health care for their seriously ill or injured child, no matter how far away it is;
  • Reduce day-to-day worries on families like where their next meal will come from; 
  • Provide a comforting and supportive community that understands the struggles facing families of seriously ill children.

In 35 years, we've served more than 175,000 family nights. Each family has a permanent place in our hearts. On this anniversary we celebrate our past families and we look to the needs of our future ones. 

Read on to learn more about our beginnings, growth, and plans for the future!


June 6, 1980: The Beginning of RMHC DC

It took a lot of love and support from the community to open the first Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC. It was the 16th Ronald McDonald House to open in the country. 

Re-purposing an old Spanish colonial home that had belonged to nuns in a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC, a small staff began to offer a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children seeking treatment at area hospitals. 

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RMHC DC re-featured by The Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of Greater Washington's best community-based charities

WASHINGTON, DC – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) is honored to announce its continued recognition as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Being re-featured online by the Catalogue reflects RMHC DC's status as a highly effective local charity, working to ease the hardship of children's illness on families through programs that help children heal faster, cope better, and stay healthy.

RMHC DC was selected to be re-featured online in the 13th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $28 million for featured nonprofits. 
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New Study: Hospital Administrators Say Ronald McDonald Houses Provides Significant Benefits

A new study confirms what we've all always known, Ronald McDonald House helps ease the hardship of children's illness on families. 

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McDonald's Lovin’ #forRMHC helps keep families together in your community!


On May 1, our Mission Partner McDonald’s is kicking off their Lovin’ #forRMHC campaign! You can show your support for our Chapter and the more than 700 families we serve a year by visiting a participating McDonald’s restaurant and purchasing $1, $3 or $5 Heart. You’ll be playing an important role in helping to strengthen families with critically-ill children right in your community.

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How To Make the Most of Participating in a Walk or Run for Charity


So you signed up for a charity walk, now what?

You found out about a charity run, walk, marathon, [insert your activity of choice] and you want to get involved. You care about the mission and you're excited for an active day outside, but where do you start?

If you want to make the most of participating, check out our suggestions below.

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McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Benefits RMHC DC


The 9th Annual McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour returns in May and local performances will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC.

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