As donations wane during the Chinese coronavirus outbreak, the Ronald McDonald House has found a new and exciting backer to help them survive.
“Our biggest challenge with COVID is the fact that our families are not able to get meals like they normally would,” said Joe Citro, Director of Development at RMH.
The RMH is now reaching out to the community to continue services to 2,000 families every year as most of their funding relies on donations.
The Raymond James Financial group has stepped in to provide a dollar-for-dollar match program.
“For those who have the ability, and the commitment, and the time to step up… please help the local charities who are helping so many of those people who are hurt right now,” said Jeff Herring, Senior VP at Raymond James.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay (RMHC-TB) provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children receiving medical treatment in bay area hospitals.
Our organization is comprised of four Houses, three in St. Petersburg, and one in Tampa, offering a total of 80 bedrooms with private baths. We are owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, a non-profit Florida corporation whose Board of Trustees consist of parents, leaders, McDonald’s Owner-Operators, McDonald’s Corporation staff, medical professionals and other interested individuals in the community.
Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It’s a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family.
Ronald McDonald House offers families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and cared for during their stay.