The First Ronald McDonald House
In 1974, Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, was diagnosed with leukemia. After traveling to Philadelphia for Kim’s treatments, they noticed a number of families and children in the same situation. Families drove hours back and forth from home to the hospital, sleeping overnight in waiting rooms and eating from vending machines because they had no place else to go.
Fred Hill decided to do something about this situation, and with the help of his team, local doctors, and many businesses in the area, they decided to build a “home away from home” for people in Philadelphia. With the help of McDonald’s, they purchased and restored a house near the hospital so families could have a place to stay. This became known as the first Ronald McDonald House. Today, families from all over the world benefit from what Fred Hill, The Eagles, the local community, and McDonald’s started years ago.
The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC
The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina gave fathers, along with their families, a great gift on Father’s Day by opening its doors in 1987. Families can feel like they’re home sleeping in a warm Tempur-Pedic bed, taking showers in their private bathroom, doing laundry and preparing meals in a spacious kitchen. They can relax in a comfortable family room, enjoy the media/game room, sit in the sunroom and let their other children enjoy the playroom. Most importantly, families can find the support of others who share the experience of having a very ill child.
Our Relationship with McDonald’s
While the Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit corporation, McDonald’s has done more than its fair share in donating time and money helping all the Houses. Every year McDonald’s and owner/operators of local McDonald’s restaurants graciously fund portions of the annual operating costs for the Ronald McDonald House. McDonald’s involvement thankfully extends well beyond monetary support:
- Franchises partner with local chapters for promotional and fundraising events.
- McDonald’s employees are dedicated volunteers.
- Owner/operators participate in local and global Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC) boards.
- RMHC donation boxes hosted in restaurants are the largest source of ongoing RMHC global fundraising.