COVID-19 Update: How You Can Help Families
Please continue reading for an update on how we are serving families and how you can help us continue to provide essential services during this health crisis.
Ronald McDonald Houses
Each of our Kansas City Ronald McDonald Houses are open and continue to keep families together. We are working closely with our hospital partners to ensure a safe and sanitary environment that protects the health of families, employees, volunteers, visitors, or others to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and beyond. We have placed NEW families in hotels and are trying to continue to provide them love and care. Find out more here.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the proactive decision to suspend all volunteerism. The suspension of volunteerism means that groups who so graciously provide daily meals for families will no longer be able to do so in person.
How You Can Help
1. Make a Financial Gift: We will use these donations to help families who are staying in our Houses and our hotel partners. It costs $100 to keep a family overnight. Please consider gifting a family the ability to stay for a night, a week or a month.
2. Purchase and mail: Insulated coolers. Thanks to so many of you, our food situation is in good shape. As restrictions tighten at the hospital, families are unable to leave during the day to get a meal at the Ronald McDonald Houses, so if they can bring food over in a cooler in the morning it would be ideal. If you are able to purchase online please send them to Attn: House Managers 2502 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64108.
3. Give a gift for later: Creating a legacy gift is a powerful way to support families forever, without paying anything today. We have a free online tool to help you write a will, protect what matters most, and support our work forever in 25 minutes or less.
4. Send our families your love: Please, keep them in your thoughts. Can you imagine? Already the scariest thing has happened – you need to be at a Ronald McDonald House because your baby was born early, your toddler has cancer, your teenager needs a transplant … and now a pandemic is unfolding around you?
While we do not yet know how long these changes will remain in effect, we will continue to evaluate the impact of the situation on our organization as the health and safety of our families, employees and volunteers remains our top priority.
As a reminder, the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
We are incredibly grateful for your support which will help families focus on what’s most important: their children.