Family stories, volunteer and donor shout outs, and upcoming events from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.
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Mission Accomplished

     For months we had been dreaming of bringing our newborn baby home from the hospital.  But sadly, our son, Oscar, couldn't leave intensive care. Fluid filled his lungs during delivery. He had to receive antibiotics and recover in the hospital for the next ten days. 
     Thanks to friends like you, we were never far from our newborn. You gave us a loving place to stay close to baby Oscar. Even though we only live 40 miles away, being close by the hospital was a must for us. The staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House were welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond provided a safe, comfortable place to sleep, hot meals, and so much more. They even offered transportation to and from the hospital so that we could be with Oscar as much as possible. Our two older sons, Oliver and Otto, felt right at home in the playroom and took advantage of the toys and lounge areas. 
     Finally Oscar was well enough to go home. Today, he's a healthy and very happy little boy. But we will never forget the gift you gave our family - the time we got to spend near Oscar during his first frightening days. Thank you for giving worried families a place to heal together. Your support of RMHC is truly the gift of togetherness for families like ours. (photography by Melissa Brugh.)

The Giles Family

Superheroes in Action

For the 5th year in a row, Mason's Toy Box hosted a local holiday toy drive in memory of Mason Clark Thomas.  The group came to the Ronald McDonald House to gift our families with the toys that had been collected as a part of the drive. Nine-year-old Tyler was thrilled to receive a robot that was on his Christmas list. Five-year-old Owen was excited to open a talking Elmo. Seven-year-old Katie donned a new pair of glitter high-top sneakers and her little sister Ellie was grinning ear to ear about her new pillow pet. Parents who were staying at the house to support their hospitalized children came home to find a large box with their child’s name on it filled with toys, clothing items, and even much-needed items like a crib and car seat. Thank you to Mason’s Toy Box for making the holidays extra joyful at Richmond's Ronald McDonald House! (photography by Diane Travis.)
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Meet our December Meal Providers
RICNA group · ICL· Jill Magruder · Christ the King Lutheran Church · Wayne Jennings · Melanie Lee · Woodlake UMC · Danielle Wilkins · UPS · Chris Parks · Denise Throckmorton · Wells Fargo · Leslie Morgan · Theresa Burks· Linda Huennekens · Hardeep Ghataora · Rachel Haga · Debbie Kendall · Bankers Insurance · VCU Dept of Neurology · David Warren · CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation · HandsOn Greater Richmond · Southern States · Kimberly Ruth · Kaitlyn Bauman · Jenn Earle · Omega Gamma Zeta of Chesterfield · Jamies Lees · DiStanlo Family · Caroline High School Beta Club · Cindy Rhodes · Mallory Pitchford · Cindy Freeland· Kerstin Stiler · Ashley Ware · Cecelia Putnam · Rachel Nielson · Chickahominy YMCA Leader’s Club · Ricky Wong and Becky Miller · Rosalba Covello and family · Kristi Glass · Sunovion 

Learn about all of our volunteer opportunities by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Diana Villarreal, at

Community Spotlight

We were given an amazing gift this holiday season by JES Foundation Repair! Their team donated more than $10,000 worth of labor and materials to waterproof the basement of our Ronald McDonald House. “The last thing the Ronald McDonald House should be worried about is repairs, especially during the holidays. This organization hosts local children who are battling major health challenges. We are touched by their mission and want to extend the same level of compassion and kindness they offer families every day,” said Nick Feaster, sales manager of JES’ Chester office. Ten JES employees volunteered on a Saturday to complete the waterproofing project. This project was essential as our basement is home to important spaces such as our play room, laundry room, offices, and pantry storage. Thank you to our friends at JES!
Major Gifts (December 1 - December 31)
Monetary Gifts over $1,000
  • Laura Aguilar
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Colonial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • E.S. Chappell Charitable Trust
  • Stacy & Max German
  • Nellie League
  • Loucks Family Foundation (in memory of Larry Loucks)
  • Beth & Richard McNeil
  • Maureen & Robert Olson
  • Pediatric Connection
  • Renee Reeder
  • Michelle & Donald Richards
  • Lynne Runner
  • Stony Point Fashion Park Gift Wrapping Station
  • The Delaney Bay Fund
  • Megan Walter
  • Tara & Bill Willenbrock
To provide resources for families to keep their children healthy and happy, RMHC relies on the generosity of hundreds of donors. To learn more about our greatest needs, please contact Allison Santos, Director of Development, at

Upcoming Events

Shine Blowdry Bar
FEBRUARY 11- Join us at Shine Blowdry Bar between 4 and 7 p.m. and $5 of your service will be donated to RMHC of Richmond! Additionally, shop 4 local vendors who will be selling unique products and also donating a percentage of the night's sales to RMHC. 

Richmond Mom Prom

MARCH 19- Pull out an old prom gown, wedding dress, or bridesmaid dress and get ready for a night of fun for charity. This year's event benefits RMHC and will be held at Salisbury Country Club from 7 pm - 12 am. Tickets are $50 and available here

Red Shoe BBQ

APRIL 29- Save the date for this 2nd annual event hosted by our Red Shoe Crew! We'll have delicious BBQ, live music, silent auction items, and a great time. Tickets start at $40 a person. The event will take place at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center from 6 - 10 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More details.
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