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RMHC Augusta is celebrating 30 years of being a "home away from home" for families seeking medical treatment for their sick or injured child. We have helped over 16,000 families, since we opened our doors in 1984.
In 2013, we served 619 families.
It's easy to give to RMHC Augusta! You can donate online, drop your spare change in a donation box at McDonald's, donate goods or services, or volunteer your time.
When an unlikely partnership formed in Philadelphia in 1974 between an NFL team, a children's hospital and a restaurant chain, none of its members could have imagined that their dream of a home away from home for families of seriously ill children would grow to become an international phenomenon.
Their goal was to create a place where parents of sick children could be with others who understood each other's situations and provide emotional support. The seeds of the partnership were planted when Kim Hill, the 3-year-old daughter of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia. Hill and his wife camped out on hospital chairs and benches, ate food from vending machines and did all they could to keep Kim from seeing their sadness, exhaustion and frustration.
All around them, the Hills saw other parents doing exactly the same thing. They learned that many of the families had traveled great distances to bring their children to the medical facility; but the high cost of hotel rooms was prohibitive. Through the Philadelphia Eagles' general manager, Jim Murray, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was Dr. Evans' dream for a house that could serve as temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital that led to the first Ronald McDonald House. The McDonald's owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of shamrock shakes. Eventually, Ronald McDonald House Charities was officially established in memory of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, a strong advocate for children.
By 1979, ten more Ronald McDonald Houses had opened. In the next ten years, local communities founded 113 more Houses. Currently, there are 332 Ronald McDonald Houses in 32 countries and regions.
Ronald McDonald House Charities expanded its core program to include Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in 1992. Family Rooms are located inside hospital walls to offer families a place of refuge during their long days. There are 177 Family Rooms in 22 countries and regions around the world.
In 2000, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile was introduced offering cost-effective medical, dental and health education services to underserved children. With 48 Care Mobiles in 9 countries, the missions of mobile units are making a positive impact on children in their own neighborhoods.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta
In 1984, the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta opened its doors and its heart to care for families with seriously ill children hospitalized at the Children's Hospital of Georgia, at Georgia Regents Medical Center, and other local treatment facilities. The ten (10) bedroom House provided a much needed respite for families after spending long hours with their critically ill children, and helped ease some of their financial burdens. The House now offers eleven (11) bedrooms to families each night, serving over 600 families each year.
In 2005, RMHCAugusta partnered with local McDonald's Owner/Operators to offer scholarships to local high school seniors to continue on with higher education. Each year, twenty (20) seniors each receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with college expenses.