Share A Night

Join Caring & Comforting Hearts to Share A Night

You can help us provide a loving place to call home for families facing childhood illness.

Families that have to travel far from home to get the best care for their sick kids find a home-away-from-home at our Ronald McDonald House programs. These programs are built by love… YOUR love and support.

Each year, our Share A Night campaign raises funds to help provide lodging, transportation, meals, and more for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving pediatric care in local hospitals. Every donation helps a family stay close to their hospitalized child and the medical care they need.

We are calling on you, our dedicated supporters, to help the children and families we serve in a big way. For this holiday season only, when you join the Caring & Comforting Hearts, we’ll send a thank you gift for your generosity. At the $17 a month level and higher, you will receive our limited edition, gold-plated engraved Share A Night ornament.

Caring & Comforting Hearts is a special group of kind and dedicated supporters who unlock the care our families need with their monthly gift. You can help sponsor a family’s stay each month – just tell us how much you want to give and we’ll honor your exact wishes and preferences. This lets us plan for your ongoing gifts in our budget, so we can support every heartbroken family who comes to our doors.

Why $17 a month? It costs RMHCDC $200 a night per family to provide a clean, safe, home-away-from-home, complete with meals, internet, laundry facilities, activities, and all the comforts a family with a hospitalized child might need. When you join our Caring & Comforting Hearts and donate $17 a month, in the course of a year, your support will completely cover the cost of one night for a family in need. That’s why we’re sending you a Share A Night ornament as a thank you for your generosity.

Please help sick children, and their overwhelmed families, by joining Caring & Comforting Hearts today.

A monthly donation of $34 or more, will cover the cost to provide two one-night stays for a family with a hospitalized child. As a thank you, we will send two limited-edition gold-plated engraved Share a Night ornaments AND we will give a Share A Night ornament to a family staying at one of our Ronald McDonald House programs.

For a monthly donation of $17 or more, you will cover the cost to provide a one-night stay for a family facing childhood illness. You will receive a limited-edition gold-plated engraved Share A Night ornament, while supplies last.

Monthly donations of $10 helps provide a one-night stay. As a thank you, choose from one of three RMHCDC Holiday Greeting Card packs (10 cards and 10 envelopes) to send holiday cheer this season.

Donations of $5 a month makes a difference by partially covering the cost of a family’s one-night stay. Every little bit helps and together we can do big things! You will receive our signature RMHC Striped Socks as a thank you gift.

About the ornament:
Flat, gold-plated, oval ornament engraved with “Share A Night” on top and “Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.” below. Laser-cut design inside the oval features a key, roof with a chimney and heart, and the words “Built by Love, Unlocked by YOU” in color. Built by Love is a promise to our community and a commitment to continue to grow to meet the unique needs of the families we serve with the help of our supporters, who unlock these services with their generosity. Ornament comes with a gold ribbon for hanging. Approximate ornament size is 2 5/8″ by 2 3/4″. Limited to the first 100 donors.

About the greeting cards:
Our Share A Night Greeting Cards are specially designed to spread holiday joy! Choose from three designs: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah. Each includes a message sharing how the card helps families served by RMHCDC so your holiday cards will have an extra special touch of care. These high-quality paper cards come pre-folded, packed in cello sleeves, 10 cards per pack, and include a white envelope for each card. Works well with regular ballpoint pens. Cards measure 4.25 x 5.5.

The Gift of Togetherness

Rowan’s illness is so rare that doctors at Children’s National Hospital do not have a diagnosis for him.

It all started when Rowan had six days of a high fever and tested positive for Flu B. His pediatrician suggested Rowan’s mom, Sarah, take him to the Emergency Room for an IV drip. On the way to the hospital, he began having a seizure.

For the next 11 days, Rowan was intubated and put into an induced coma to control his seizures and brain inflammation.

Rowan is receiving treatment to keep his seizures at bay, strengthen his immune systems, and reduce his brain inflammation. His doctors are slowly ruling out possible diagnoses to find out why Rowan is so sick.

As Rowan and his family take it day by day, they are incredibly thankful to be staying at our Ronald McDonald House.

“RMHCDC has had a life-saving impact on my and Rowan’s life.”
– Sarah, Rowan’s mom

Each Caring & Comforting Hearts monthly donation helps provide a stay for families in need.  Thank you for making it possible for children like Rowan to have the love and support of his family while undergoing treatment for a serious illness.

Looking to buy ornaments outright? Visit our store to purchase prior year Share A Night ornaments.

Questions? Contact Rachel Taninecz at [email protected].