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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

The Talyor Family
10-year-old Emily Taylor has gone through speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, but showed little to no progress in her feeding difficulties. Her parents, Brandy and David Taylor learned about the Feeding Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Brook Road Campus and decided to enroll Emily.

The clinic was an almost three hour drive away from their home outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. The program would last for eight weeks and paying for a hotel stay in Richmond would cost the family thousands of dollars. Making the drive five days a week just wasn’t an option. A hospital staff member referred the Taylor family to Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House on Monument Avenue, just two miles away from the clinic.

Emily’s progress at the clinic changed the dynamics of their family’s life. She practiced healthy eating habits daily and learned to accept new foods with different flavors and textures. Her new favorite food is a classic grilled cheese sandwich. At the Ronald McDonald House, Emily’s dad, David, expressed how much he enjoyed finding common ground with other families staying at the house. Emily made new friends with other children staying at the house and enjoyed playing games and making crafts with volunteers.

From David, “This house, the staff, and volunteers have played a major role in the success my daughter achieved during her treatment. I can't express enough how much it meant for her to have had room to play, toys & supplies, books, and caring people to interact with. While one hopes not to need services such as yours, I take comfort in knowing that, should the need arise, you are here to provide a safe, comfortable, inviting place to stay for my family and others like us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. “

Upcoming Events

Richmond Mom Prom
MARCH 19- TICKETS ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT! 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 are available here

Easter on Parade
MARCH 27- A beloved Richmond tradition that showcases attendees "parading" down Monument Avenue continues this year from 1 - 5 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Ronald McDonald House for snacks and children's activities. Contact Diana Villarreal at diana@rmhc-richmond.org for volunteer opportunities.

Red Shoe BBQ
APRIL 29- Join us 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.

Superheroes in Action

New to Richmond, Jessica Liston was eager to find a way to get involved in giving back to the community. She admired the mission of RMHC to keep families close when their children were receiving medical care and signed up to be a House Volunteer. She has been spending her time helping with any of the most pressing needs of the house including manning the front desk, resetting bedrooms, cleaning around the house, and playing games or doing crafts with families staying at the house. Recently, she even went above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer and made themed décor for our upcoming Red Shoe BBQ event. She picked out the craft supplies and constructed the décor at home. It will be on display at the event on April 29th.

Jessica, we are so grateful for your support! Thank you!

Community Spotlight

We are thrilled to welcome three interns to our Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond team. Shannon McMurray (Randolph-Macon College) , Joy Gregory (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Rendha Maharosa (Virginia Commonwealth University) are working under the guidance of our Development and Program staff to gain experience in the non-profit industry. "Each project they complete relates directly to our mission and our ability to serve families. Also, it is important for them to know how these projects might translate to other non-profit organizations," says Allison Santos, Director of Development. "We want this to be a great learning opportunity for them. Additionally, we have learned a lot from each of our interns. They bring a fresh perspective, which will help us improve the programs and systems we have in place."

We are currently accepting applications for our Summer Internship Program. Hours are flexible and experiences include event planning, marketing, social media activation, in-hospital family support, creative writing, and some general office duties. Please submit resume and cover letter to Diana Villarreal at diana@rmhc-richmond.org
Meet our February Meal Providers
Reeves Danter · VCU's APO Service Fraternity · Kerry Mitchell · Rachel Pena · Boston Scientific · Dominion Packaging · Apryl Anderson · Alysia Barrett · Morgan Gaters · Jenn Earle · Girl Scout Troop 395 · ADPi Longwood · Journey Christian Church · Joleya Scott · Nantego Y Princess Tribe · Marty McCullough · Hoerichs Family · Jill Magruder · RSCLS · Jacquie Ableman · Hermitage Enterprises · Lindsay Alls · Shade Family · Jennings Family · Karla Ott · Target · Meredith Dobranski · Nicole Paulsen · Sherri Kaupa · 112th Basic Recruit Class of the Richmond Police Department · Christy Lindvall  · Lia Sumner· RICNA group· Christ the King Lutheran Church · Wayne Jennings · Freeman High School Rebelettes · Lakeisha Wilkins · Chris Parks · Wells Fargo · Theresa Burks· Linda Huennekens · Debbie Kendall · Bankers Insurance · CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation · HandsOn Greater Richmond · Omega Gamma Zeta of Chesterfield 

Learn about all of our volunteer opportunities by contacting our Volunteer Manager, Diana Villarreal, at diana@rmhc-richmond.org
Major Gifts (February 1 - February 29)
Monetary Gifts over $1,000
  • Cloudbees, Inc.
  • Coca-Cola
  • Mazda
  • Seredni Tire & Auto
  • Waco, Inc.
  • Ms. Susan Wahl
In-Kind Gifts over $1,000
  • La-Z-Boy (furniture)
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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