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Washington Capitals Help Teach Children Fun Ways To Stay Active

Wednesday, January 3, Washington Capitals players Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, and Tom Wilson, together with Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning radio show, visited families at Barnard Elementary School for an evening of fun and learning about healthy eating and exercise.   The Capitals’ visit to Barnard Elementary included participating in a variety of fun […]

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Mrs. Pence gave coloring books and crayons to children at Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 

“I am always amazed by the courageous spirits of young patients and their families,” said Mrs. Pence. “The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC provides a positive place for children and their families during a difficult time in their lives. This Christmas, I am wishing all families faced with tough times better days ahead.”

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RMHC DC Red Shoe 5k

SAVE THE DATE! The 8th Annual Red Shoe 5k Run & Walk is on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Read More

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Gearing Up for #Giving Tuesday

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Your #GivingTuesday donations will help families with sick children stay close to each other and the care and resources they need, when they need it most. Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the […]

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McDonald’s and Customers Help Keep Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC Children, Families Together When They Need It Most

Company seeks to raise $5 million through annual fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities With the Season of Giving upon us, and as families everywhere make plans to spend quality time together over the holidays, McDonald’s customers in the Greater Washington, DC area can help families who must travel great distances to seek treatment for […]

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Elects 10 New Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC – November 2017 – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC is pleased to announce 10 new Board Directors: Louie Atangan, TD Bank; Samira Cook Gaines, Global Empowerment Solutions; Giuseppe Giaimo, McDonald’s Corporation; Kris Grumiaux, McDonald’s Corporation; Barbara Johnson; Martha Parra, Children’s National HealthCare System; Meera Pillai; David Schneider, Holland and Knight; Anna […]

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Karen Torres Brava Award

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC’s Executive Director, Karen Torres, honored by SmartCEO with Brava Award

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Karen Torres, for being honored by SmartCEO Magazine as a 2017 Top Female Business Leader in the Washington DC area! The Brava Awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a […]

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

A Reason to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a time when families gather and give thanks.  But two days before Thanksgiving, Shannon’s family suffered heartbreaking news: her son, Joshua, had cancer.   Joshua started treatment right away, and Shannon stayed close to the hospital at Ronald McDonald House.  During this time of turmoil, Shannon found peace in the House kitchen. She says: “At […]

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Three Brothers, One Priceless Gift

You helped a family rally around their newborn   When Easton was born at 27 weeks, no one knew if he would survive.  He weighed just 1 pound, 7 ounces, and couldn’t breathe on his own.   His mom, Kayla, doesn’t mince words when she describes what his first few months were like for her […]

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From Your Heart to His

You Showed Abel What Love is All About “If you don’t have anything positive to tell me, get out of my room.”    That’s what Tara told her doctor as she lay in her hospital bed, 22 weeks pregnant with Abel.    “Doctors were telling me he wouldn’t survive.  I wouldn’t pay them any mind,” […]

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Moms Need Love, Too

How you help families stay strong If 5-year-old Karla had a job, she might be a social director on a cruise ship.  At dinnertime at Ronald McDonald House, she buzzes from table to table, checking on friends, cooing at babies, and spreading cheer.  It doesn’t matter that she has a painful condition called Proximal Femoral […]

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More Than Words Can Say

Dear Friend,   Recently, a weary mother approached us.  The look on her face said it all.  But still, she spoke: “Ronald McDonald House means more to my family than I can express in words.”     We  understand.   The families you help show their gratitude every day.  They show it in hugs.  In happy tears.  In […]

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Washington Capitals Announce So Kids Can Starting Lineup Auction

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Elliot in the Morning Show announced today the So Kids Can Starting Lineup auction, featuring the opportunity for the winner to meet Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and announce the Capitals’ starting lineup in the Capitals locker room prior to the team’s preseason game against […]

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NEW Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, home to the FITNESS Program at UniverSoul Circus

The second and newest Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is home to the FITNESS (Fun In Teaching Nutrition and Exercise to Successful Students) Program. A new initiative of RMHCDC and MedStar Georgetown, this program partners with schools to deliver a curriculum focusing on healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to students in grades K-8.  The FITNESS Program is […]

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Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity Seal

RMHCDC Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF GREATER WASHINGTON, DC’s strong financial health and commitment to accountabilityand transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the first time that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only […]

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Dr. Audrey Evans

Dr. Audrey Evans, co-founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities, featured on Modern Hero

RMHC’s Hero Dr. Audrey Evans is “a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years and her work has impacted the lives of millions across the world.” Read More

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Caring Partner Sheehy Infiniti of Tyson's Corner

Sheehy Infiniti Of Tysons Donates $5K To Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC

Our newest Caring Partner, Sheehy Infiniti of Tyson’s Corner, donated $5,000 to RMHCDC as part of the Sheehy Auto Stores’ 2016 year end giving program. A total of $151,000 was given to charities in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia. RMHCDC is incredibly grateful to be included in Sheehy’s generous 2016 giving campaign and look forward to our Caring […]

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WalletHub Loyal Hearts Society

WalletHub supports RMHC DC to help children stay close to their families this holiday season.

Our thanks go out to WalletHub for donating to our Loyal Hearts Society. WalletHub, a DC-based company, has launched a free tool that empowers people to reach top financial fitness. WalletHub users get completely free access to their credit score, credit report and 24/7 credit monitoring. The folks at WalletHub are not only committed to helping […]

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You Opened Your Heart to Help Save His

Brave Brantley’s battle started before he was even born.  His parents, Ben and Renae, received life-changing news while Renae was 35 weeks pregnant: Brantley has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The left chamber of his heart is severely underdeveloped, and isn’t strong enough to pump blood through his body. “This place will impact your life forever” Brantly, far left, needed all the love […]

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You Made Sure They Had a “Home for the Holidays”

You Made Sure They Had a “Home for the Holidays” Six trips. Sixty-one nights away from home. Time and again, Sean’s family travels out of town so he can undergo orthopedic treatment. You made sure Sean, center, had a happy holiday – because he had his family by his side! Sean has Angelman syndrome, a severe neurological […]

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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Opens Doors

Providing Access to Health Care Where Children Need It Most

Providing Access to Health Care Where Children Need It Most Shape the Future with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) By Claudia J. Lewis, Director of Community Relations, RMHC DC on September 8, 2016 Originally posted on America’s Charities Blog Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC (RMHCDC) makes an impact on one […]

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You Gave a Gift That Will Last a Lifetime … Friendship!

Evelyn and Samantha are best buddies who have been mistaken for twins. They’re not related, but they share quite a connection, and you’re part of their happy story!  Evelyn, 7, and Samantha, 5, have Osteogenesis imperfecta — more commonly known as brittle bone disease. The condition causes extremely fragile bones, and is responsible for their small sizes. Samantha weighs only 19 pounds!  Their families began communicating with each other […]

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New Ronald McDonald Family Room Supports Families at Inova Children’s Hospital

RMHC DC FAMILY-CENTERED PROGRAMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN ACCESS TO CARE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN Opening of New Ronald McDonald Family Room in Inova Children’s Hospital Allows Families to be Present and Involved in Their Child’s Treatment and Recovery March 1, 2016 – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) – […]

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You Sponsored 200 Nights for Families In Need With Share A Night Ornaments

This holiday season we asked you to help sponsor a one night stay for families of critically ill children by purchasing a Share A Night ornament. Thanks to your overwhelming care and support, 200 one night stays will be sponsored for our families!   One little ornament provides togetherness, comfort, and joy for some of the littlest and sickest […]

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WalletHub supports RMHC DC to help children and families this holiday season.

Our thanks go out to WalletHub for donating to our Loyal Hearts Society. WalletHub, a DC-based company, recently launched a free tool that empowers people to reach top financial fitness. WalletHub users get completely free access to their credit score, credit report and 24/7 credit monitoring. The folks at WalletHub are not only committed to helping […]

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New KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Ribbon Cutting

Norton Spoke at Dedication of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile WASHINGTON, D.C.— On December 8, MedStar Georgetown Hospital hosted a reception for the new KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile vehicle. The new vehicle, which replaces an older aging unit, was purchased with the support of the owner-operators of McDonald’s Family Restaurants […]

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Season of Giving

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC), 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 […]

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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 […]

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

A year ago, shortly after her first birthday, Gabbriella underwent heart surgery. Monica and Steve found out about Gabby’s heart issues while she was in the womb. Their Cardiologist said that if she was strong enough, they could perform surgery when she was a year old. The night before Gabby’s surgery, Monica and Steve came […]

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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 (RMHCDC) 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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  According to the study, published in the Journal of Health Organization and Management, a survey of 530 administrators from 16 countries finds that the majority of hospital administrators believe Ronald McDonald House makes significant contributions to […]

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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. Gospel Greats and the DC Community to Support RMHCDC Gospel music great Yolanda Adams will join the tour hosted by national radio personality, Lonnie Hunter. Also joining are singer/songwriter, Donald Lawrence, […]

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D.C. United & DeLaGarza Family to support RMHC DC

Washington, DC’s sports teams are beloved by their city. That’s why it means so much when they choose to share the spotlight with important causes that have a special place in the heart of their players, coaches, and fans.  This Saturday, March 28th, DC United and A.J. DeLaGarza are supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of […]

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Give a Little at Work to Make a Big Difference

American federal workers can give money from each pay period to support the causes they care about through the Combined Federal Campaign. Watch the video below to see our very own Claudia Lewis (starts at minute 1:56) talk about how you can help or read the article here: http://www.voanews.com/content/article/2556050.html. US Federal employees can give as little as $1 a […]

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5 Great Things McDonald’s Does

Jenn Wohletz at the Denver Westword wrote “Five Things McDonald’s Does Right…”  Ms. Wohletz’s list is a good one that deserves a little attention. So take a look at the great things McDonald’s is up to – in ascending order of greatness: 5) A Swedish McDonald’s gives burgers for recycling. A McDonald’s in Stockholm, Sweden is doing a […]

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Ronald McDonald House’s Roots In McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

In honoring the legacy of Shamrock Shake’s integral role in the building of the first Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s in the DMV will donate $.25 from every McCafé Shamrock Chocolate beverage sold from March 11-17 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC. What does the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake have in common with Ronald […]

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How To: Use Office Team Building to Help Charity

Raise Office Morale and Money for Charity: Looking for a fun way to do some office team building? Would your office like to give back to the community? There are several easy ways to achieve both at the same time! Here are some examples of how you can boost the feel-good in your office and bring comfort […]

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Holding Families Together: Meet Erin and Summer

Newly widowed and single mom, Erin, stayed at Ronald McDonald House, where she received the care and support she needed during this trying time. This post by Holly Homer, author of the Kids Activites Blog, is one in a series that will highlight “kid charities” this year. Holly shares the story of Erin and her daughter […]

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A Visit to the RM Family Room and McNats Day

Last week, RMHC DC had some serious Nattitude!  First, Kevin Frandsen visited the DC Ronald McDonald Family Room to see some very excited kids on the Hematology/Oncology floor at Children’s National Medical Center.  Then, he and the rest of the Washington Nationals beat the Cubs 13-0 during the McDNats Day on July 5th! McDNats Day was a way […]

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2014 Redskins Rookies Visit Ronald McDonald Family Room in DC

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room on the Hematology/Oncology Floor of Children’s National Medical Center got a visit from some very special friends on June 16th… eight Washington Redskins rookies! The line up: Trent Murphy, Spencer Long, Bashaud Breeland, Ryan Grant, Lache Seastrunk, Ted Bolser, Zach Hocker, and Morgan Moses. Thank you to everyone for bringing smiles to the kids! See […]

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RMHCDC Proud to be part of Billie’s Story

“Let the life that I live speak for me.” That’s the mission of the non-profit group Billie’s Story.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC was lucky enough to be part of that story.  Holly Morris, FOX 5 Reporter, highlighted this volunteer group’s efforts to benefit RMHC DC in the FOX 5 Pay It Forward feature. […]

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Elementary vs. Middle School Pop Tab Competition

Check out this TABtastic article and pictures by Karen Parkinson, Coordinator of Information for Fauqier County Public Schools: Click here for more pictures and to read the full article. “COLEMAN AND MARSHALL VIE FOR MOST POP TABS COLLECTED… It’s a wash for Marshall’s losing principal and assistant principal.  Although the competition was as good-natured as it could […]

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KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Celebrates 20 Years

KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Celebrates 20 Years via The Hoya: “The mobile clinic, a 40-foot long trailer, launched in 1992 and serves medically underserved children in the District’s Wards 5, 6, [7 and 8] four times a week. Although this year is technically the program’s 21st year, MedStar Georgetown spokesperson Marianne Worley said  the […]

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Slone Partners Visit DC and Cook for RMHC Families!

Thank you to Slone Partners for choosing to help our families for their annual company charity event. Read a little about what they did here: From the Latest News segment on the Slone Partners website: “…Slone Partners made its annual visit to Washington D.C…. and also had its… annual charity event, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities. More than twenty […]

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LA-Z-BOY HONORED WITH RMHC OUTSTANDING STEWARDSHIP AWARD

LA-Z-BOY HONORED WITH RMHC OUTSTANDING STEWARDSHIP AWARD Charity’s Official Furniture Provider Saluted for Support of Families in the Washington D.C. Metro Area and Across the Globe Falls Church, Virginia (October 10, 2013) – La-Z-Boy was honored at the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) International Conference as the 2013 recipient of the RMHC Outstanding Stewardship Award. Through this […]

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SHIRLEY EMPLOYEES MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Fairfax, VA – September 11, 2013 – For the second year in a row, Shirley employees donated their time to volunteer at the Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax, Virginia on September 5th and 6th, 2013. Since 1998, the Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House has served as a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children […]

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McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Fest raised over $14,308 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel event May 9th raised over $14,308 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC About 3,000 people attended the first leg of McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour May 9th, at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. Their Love Offerings resulted in $14,308 being donated which will go a long way […]

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IREX Gives Back to Ronald McDonald House Charities

On December 18, 2012, IREX proudly presented a donation of $16,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC). The proceeds from the annual staff silent auction with matching funds from IREX will help improve the health and well being of children and families in the local area. RMHCDC core programs include the Ronald McDonald […]

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