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Family stories, volunteer and donor shout outs, and upcoming events from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.
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Mission Accomplished
At just four months old, Ally Ruedas was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Her tiny body had endured so many seizures that she was having trouble developing, eating, and meeting normal milestones. To help her receive necessary nutrients from food, Doctors inserted a g tube into Ally’s stomach. On top of ongoing concerns about her daughter’s health, Ally’s mom worried that her daughter would never be able to eat food by mouth.

At age 3, Ally was enrolled in the Feeding Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The program would help Ally overcome her feeding issues and develop healthy habits. The six-week-long program, located in Richmond, was nearly two hours away from her family’s home in Woodbridge, Virginia. The drive back and forth every day would be expensive and also tiring and strenuous on Ally and on her mom.  A hotel room in Richmond for six weeks would cost thousands of dollars. The hospital presented their family with a third option that met all of their needs, Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House.
                                                                     

Upcoming Events

The Big Pig Project
APRIL 22 - Join us at the Big Pig Project for a family-friendly street festival from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.! Enter on Summit Avenue between Broad & Marshall Streets in Scott's Addition, $5 suggested entry donation, tickets not required. This year's event, presented by Lunch. | Supper!, has tons in store for you, including:
  • Swine & Design Live Auction featuring uniquely decorated cement garden pigs, in two sizes, painted by special sponsors and local artists like Ed Trask and Claes Tholand
  • Live music by the Mills Family Band and Last Call Band
  • Local craft market offering hand-made jewelry, home decor, and more
  • Kid's activities featuring pig crafts and visits from RMHC therapy dogs (your four-legged friend is welcome, too!)
  • Delicious BBQ options prepared by Lunch. | Supper! available for purchase
  • BBQ Preparation Demonstration by Autumn Olive Farms & Lunch. | Supper!
  • Exciting raffle with prizes including a Big Green EggSchwinn Beach Cruiser, and 14kt yellow gold charm bracelet
  • All to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond!
Superheroes in Action

The Rollins family has been volunteering together at the Ronald McDonald House for over a year. The Rollins’ oldest son, Hunter, has taken a special interest in his service to RMHC of Richmond. As he describes, “I have become part of this family at the house with not only the staff, but with the families that walk in and out of the house.” 

Recently, while making a meal at the house, Hunter noticed a shortage of paper towels and other household supplies. Hunter was inspired to do a wish-list drive for items in the house that help make families feel more comfortable during their stay. 

We are grateful that Hunter is part of our RMHC family and has become a leader in engaging community support. Thank you Hunter and the entire Rollins family!

                                                                           

Meet our March Meal Providers
Prime Lending · Jill Magruder · Collette Archuletta · ICL · Kayla Claxton · Life Touch ·    Virginia Appadoo · Christ the King Church · Henty Family · Glenn Bohlman · Melissa Bingham-Wolford · U of R Law · HandsOn · Tomahawk Middle School · Communities in Schools of Chesterfield · Pat Manuel · Nikkea Hardy · Jessica Puljan · Chris Parks · Wells Fargo · Girl Scout Troop 5127 · Tracy Harper · Chitra Chavan · CJ's Thumbs Up · KPMG Network of Women · Hermitage Enterprises · Worldview Solutions · Junior League Richmond · VCU Kappa Epsilon · Melinda Bishop · CCM at VCU · Theta at U of R · ADPi Longwood · Courtney Isley · Nicole Eshelman · National Association of Black Accountants · Kristi Glass · Caroline Jennings · Dietitians on Demand · Linda Heunnekens · Judy Steadman · Leigh Harcum · Hays Hill · Rollins Family · Wayne Jennings · ADPi at CNU · Ricna Group · St. Mark's Church · Kim Vellozzi · Summit Church · Stay Strong Virginia · Marsh USA · Alysia Barrett · Tyson Foods · U of R Grants Office ·

Learn about all of our volunteer opportunities by contacting our Volunteer Manager, Diana Villarreal, at diana@rmhc-richmond.org
Community Spotlight
We were honored to be the beneficiaries of Sigma Phi Epsilon's Hoops for the House fundraiser at University of Richmond. The fundraiser started after several brothers bonded over their family's personal experiences of staying at a Ronald McDonald House. The tournament included thirty-four 3-on-3 teams and an appearance by the men's Varsity basketball team.
In less than three weeks, the fraternity recruited more than 100 participants to play basketball in the tournament and raised over $18,000.00 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. We are so grateful for their generosity!
            
                 
Major Gifts (March 1 - March 31)
Monetary Gifts over $1,000
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
  • Dillard's
  • Diana and David Hall
  • Susan and Joe Jangro
  • Loveland Distributing
  • Mazda Drive for Good Campaign
  • McDonald's Shamrock Shake Campaign
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Richmond
Are you a state or federal government employee?
You can support RMHC through your workplace giving campaign!
To participate in the Central Virginia Area Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), use code #37576
To participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), use code #3274
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 allison@rmhc-richmond.org.
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804.355.6517 | rmhc-richmond.org

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