BMW Charity Pro-Am

BMW Charity Pro-Am Volunteer Opportunities, May 15-21, 2017

Earn $20 each day you volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas at the 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation

Volunteering at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation comes with many benefits. You can get up close to Web.com Tour pros and celebrities and be a part of a professional sporting event right here in the Upstate. It’s fun, even for those who don’t know anything about the game of golf.

It’s also a great way to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas! For each day you volunteer you earn $20 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, allowing us to provide a home for critically ill or injured children and their families, providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most.

Registration is now OPEN at www.bmwusfactory.com/charity-golf/. Online registration closes May 8. After May 8, you can register via paper application, which will be available on the site above. Positions are filled on a first come first serve basis, so we strongly encourage early bird registration! Make sure you designate us as your charity  of choice during the registration process.

Volunteer registration is $40 and includes your volunteer uniform, meals while volunteering, credentials for you and a guest to attend the tournament when you aren’t working and more! We hope you can join the RMHC volunteer team – we can’t wait to see you on one of the three amazing courses.

For more information about this opportunity contact Rose Woelker, our House Volunteer Services Coordinator at [email protected].

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Suzuki Practice-A-Thon

Kids Helping Kids

The Upstate Suzuki Studios held a Practice-A-Thon in the lobby at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, March 19th, 2017. These talented kids raised over $3,000 for our House, all while playing sweet and beautiful tunes to the patients, families, friends, staff and volunteers at GHS. Thank you for helping to keep families close in our Ronald McDonald Family Room and at our House! What a wonderful day!

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Volunteer Spotlight

September RMH Volunteer Spotlight

 

Meet Beth Ball Granger, Family Room Volunteer and friend of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Beth joined our RMH family as a Board Member when she was the Director of Child Life Services at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. She acted as a liaison between the House and the Hospital while providing expertise in making necessary improvements in our Ronald McDonald Family Room.

After 37 years at GHS, Beth retired from her position in child life services and became a dedicated volunteer and advocate for our Ronald McDonald Family Room, providing a wealth of support and empathy for the children and families who come through our doors each day.

Beth is enjoying retirement with her husband of 5 years Greg. In her spare time, she is very active member of her church serving senior lunches, plays golf, bridge, cooks and shags (the very popular southern style dance). She can also be found loving on her sweet grandchildren and many friends who she considers “family!”

Her favorite motto is: “People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” The truth to be learned from this is remembering the impact you can make by the combination of your presence, attitude and behavior. Thank you, Beth, for being a loyal friend and volunteer for families and children over the many years. You are the epitome of your own motto!

Want to get involved? Contact us today to learn more: 864-235-0506.

 

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3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

Upstate Companies Support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas During Its 3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 26, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas hosted it 3rd annual One Night One Shirt t-shirt campaign today. Over 375 t-shirts were purchased by employees of 17 Upstate companies and organizations in support of Ronald McDonald House. The companies and organizations purchased a specially designed “One Night One Shirt” t-shirt and everyone wore the t-shirt to work to bring awareness to RMHC of the Carolinas and its mission of keeping families close to their critical ill or injured child receiving treatment at a nearby medical facility. 

RMHC of the Carolinas’ One Night One Shirt campaign also has a significant meaning for employees wearing the t-shirt. The $8 donation (on top of the cost of the t-shirt) is how much Ronald McDonald House asks each family to donate to stay per night. Of course, if a family cannot make the $8 per night donation, they are never turned away because of their in ability to pay. Due to healthcare costs and other unpredictable expenses, over 80% of Ronald McDonald House families cannot afford to pay. The One Night One Shirt Campaign allows donors to subsidize this donation for families who cannot pay.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our Upstate business community and donors,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “For this campaign our goal is to spread awareness of our services and mission. We are thrilled over 375 people will be wearing their support of RMHCC.”

RMHC of the Carolinas also partnered with the Greenville Drive for the campaign. Everyone who wears their t-shirt to the ball park tonight will receive complimentary access into the Greenville Drive baseball game vs. the Asheville Tourists at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s participating companies and organizations include Alpha Delta Pi of Furman University, Robert Half, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Swenson & Associates, Walgreens, J.B. Watts Co., Inc., McMillan Pazdan Smith, Indexx Printing, Wells Fargo, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Baldor Electric, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Sticky Fingers, Greenville Health System, Integrated Power Services, and Pope, Smith, Brown, & King, P.A.

 

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Wells Fargo Helps RMHCC “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Wells Fargo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Gives $50,000 Towards Capital Campaign Expansion

 

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 22, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas received a $50,000 gift from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) toward its “Building Hope” Capital Campaign expansion. The gift will help RMHC of the Carolinas expand its current program of one House in Greenville to an expanded home, serving 24 total families ultimately allowing them to be nearby their critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at a medical facility.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas in their efforts to help with the day-to-day needs of our community’s families and children in crisis,” said Wells Fargo Upstate Market President Brian Rogers. “This helps demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Greenville community and promoting the quality of life for everyone.” 

RMHC of the Carolinas broke ground on its $3.5 million capital campaign expansion project in April of 2016. The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House to double the amount of families it currently serves by adding an additional 12 guest bedrooms. The 17,500 square foot expansion will connect to the current House located at 706 Grove Road, directly across the street from Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

“We believe that when families are together, they heal better,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Through Wells Fargo’s gift we are one step closer to not having to turn away families due to lack of bedrooms. Their gift will be remembered for years to come and families from around the Upstate.”

“We take seriously our commitment to help families and children in crisis, and this is just one example of how our efforts make an impact in the community,” said Wells Fargo South Carolina Community Affairs Officer Susan Bankson. “It’s the small measures that add up to make a huge difference in the communities we serve.”

The expansion project has raised approximately two-thirds of the funds needed and is seeking donations to meet its $3.5 million goal. Pledges and donations can be made online at http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/ or mailed to Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. For more information on the “Building Hope” Capital Campaign, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/

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About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Susan Bankson-Wells Fargo, Marti Spencer-Ronald McDonald House, Kate Venuto- Ronald McDonald House, Brian Rogers-Wells Fargo.

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RMH Weekly Volunteer Update

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Hello and Happy First Day of Summer!

I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend. Our House continues to remain full and we cannot express how grateful we are for all that you do! Whether it is preparing the evening meal or helping with housecleaning, every little bit matters.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Upcoming Event Thursday, June 23rd: Join us at Pour Taproom THIS Thursday for Ballest Point Brewery’s Pint Night from 6pm-8pm. 15% of the event proceeds will benefit our RMH!
  • IMPORTANT: We have TWO immediate needs this week for our “Guest Chef” program, and plenty of Cookie Team Openings! Please, please let us know if you can help! J
  • IMPORTANT: Weekend Manager Needed!
    • Kristi is in search of a Weekend Manager for the first weekend in July (1st-3rd). Check out the description here and contact Kristi if you are available or interested in learning more!
  • IMPORTANT: Housekeeper Needed!
    • Our housekeeper will be out of town July 4th-5th and we need help! Our House has been full for the last few weeks with a waiting list for new families to come in once one checks out. What we need is for some assistance in cleaning these rooms when families check out and to clean our family areas (kitchen, living room, hallways, etc.). This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Contact Kristi if you are interested!

Here are our priority needs for the next two weeks.  Let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help!

 

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 6/20 – 7/3

MONDAY 6/20

  • Guest Chef: St. Peters Episcopal
  • Cookies from the Heart: Crystal and Madi

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/21

  • Guest Chef: Greenwood Genetics
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/22

  • Guest Chef: Hatten Family
  • Cookies from the Heart: Socorro Castaneda

THURSDAY 6/23***

  • Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/24

  • Guest Chef: Spinx
  • Cookies from the Heart: Dratonville Baptist

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/25***

  • Weekend Brunch Program: Furman Athletic Department
  • Opening for Guest Chef Program* (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/26

  • Guest Chef: Greer First Baptist
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

MONDAY 6/27

  • Guest Chef: Kelly J.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/28

  • Guest Chef: Dinner Covered, thank you!
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/29

  • Guest Chef: Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.

THANK YOU!

THURSDAY 6/30

  • Guest Chef: Deborah Circle
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

FRIDAY 1/1

  • Guest Chef: Robyn G.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 7/2

  • Opening for Weekend Brunch Program
  • Guest Chef: New Pilgrim Young Adults
  • Cookies from the Heart: Maria Torres G.
  • Need a Weekend Manager!

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 7/3

  • Guest Chef: Maranatha Church
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

 

All the best,

 

Samantha Bauer

Communications and Events Manager

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RMH Weekly Volunteer Update!

Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Happy (almost) Father’s Day to all of you amazing dad’s out there!!

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • We do ONE immediate need this week for our “Guest Chef” program, and plenty of Cookie Team Openings!
  • Kristi is in search of a Weekend Manager for the first weekend in July (1st-3rd). Check out the description here and contact Kristi if you are available or interested in learning more!
  • Are you an expert cleaner? Our housekeeper will be out of town July 4th-5th and we need help! Our House has been full for the last few weeks with a waiting list for new families to come in once one checks out. What we need is for some assistance in cleaning these rooms when families check out and to clean our family areas (kitchen, living room, hallways, etc.). This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Contact Kristi if you are interested!

Here are our priority needs for the next two weeks.  Let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help!

 

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 6/13 – 6/26

MONDAY 6/13

  • Guest Chef: MaryAnn S.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/14

  • Guest Chef: Kate and Ken B.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/15

  • Guest Chef: First Rock Church
  • Cookies from the Heart: Tara S.

THANK YOU!

THURSDAY 6/16

  • Guest Chef: Group B Kowalk
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

FRIDAY 6/17

  • Guest Chef: Greenville Tech Culinary Institute
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/18

  • Guest Chef: Josh and Maria P.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/19

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

  • Guest Chef: GBF Melanie S.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

MONDAY 6/20

  • Guest Chef: St. Peters Episcopal
  • Cookies from the Heart: Crystal and Madi

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/21

  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.
  • Guest Chef: Greenwood Genetics

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/22

  • Guest Chef: Hatten Family
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THURSDAY 6/23***

  • Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/24

  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Guest Chef: Spinx

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/25

  • Guest Chef: Kathryn Costa
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/26

  • Guest Chef: Greer First Baptist
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

All the best,

Samantha
Samantha Bauer
Communications and Events Manager
Direct: (864) 272-019

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Meet William Extein

Positive Acts of Kindness at RMH

One positive action trumps a thousand good intentions.  This is the motto one local Lowes employee lives by each and every day.

Upon meeting the Director of Operations for the Ronald McDonald House Kristi Hall Ayala, William Extein immediately started his positive actions.  Kristi had come to Lowes looking for a bathroom sink stopper.  With many families coming in and out of the House daily, there is lots of wear and tear on the House’s 12 bedrooms, each with private bathroom.  Wanting to ensure the families were as comfortable as possible during their stay at the House, but without the budget to hire an expert, Kristi planned to install it herself.

William generously offered his services to help Kristi and the Ronald McDonald House by installing the sink stopper.  But, he didn’t stop there.  William has since fixed rain gutters, installed new brackets to the rain gutters, painted ceilings, fixed toilets and lent a hand anywhere he could.

These charitable acts are not uncommon for William who is a former Boy Scout and US Airforce veteran.  He is also on the board of a local charity Defenders of Children.

William’s inspiration is his father who worked for charities for over 20 years after his own retirement.  William knows a small act of kindness can go a long way, especially for families in need like those who stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

William’s positive actions have trumped quite a few more than a thousand good intentions.  His positive acts of kindness have helped many families feel comfortable at their “home away from home” at the Ronald McDonald House.

William Extein

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Weekly Volunteer Update/Needs

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. As you know, Kaitlin (our Volunteer Coordinator) has moved to D.C. and we could not be happier for her in this new chapter of her life. By now most of you have met Kristi Ayala, Director of Operations here at our House. If not – she can’t wait to meet you! Kristi will be your volunteer contact moving forward with the rest of our RMH team here to help or answer questions whenever you need us! You all are so very special to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, feedback or positive notes. We love hearing from each of you! 🙂 

Looking ahead, we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved at our House this summer. Huge thank you to those listed below! Here are our priority needs for the next 2 weeks.  Again, we have quite a few openings, so please let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help! Cooking a meal or baking not your thing? Check out our monthly wish list here or contact us with any ideas you may have. We have various event needs throughout the year, too!

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 5/31 – 6/12

MONDAY 5/30

Happy Memorial Day!!!

TUESDAY 5/31

      Guest Chef: TD Bank  

WEDNESDAY 6/1

      Cookies: Kathy K.

      Guest Chef: GameStop

THURSDAY 6/2

      Cookies: Angela L.

      Guest Chef: Sophia B.

FRIDAY 6/3

      Guest Chef: Robyn G.

      Opening for Cookies from the heart

      House Volunteer Opening

SATURDAY 6/4

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SUNDAY 6/5

      Guest Chef: Maranatha Church

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

MONDAY 6/6

      Guest Chef: Serving Hearts  

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

TUESDAY 6/7

      Cookies: Walker Family 

      Guest Chef: McDonald’s Asheville  

WEDNESDAY 6/8

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THURSDAY 6/9

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/10

      Guest Chef: St. Peters

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening

SATURDAY 6/11

      Guest Chef: Jessica L. 

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SUNDAY 6/12

      Guest Chef: McCarter Church

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

I would love to add to this weekly email the meal being prepared and/or the type of cookie you plan to bake, if you know it ahead of time, so that other volunteer groups can see what the families have had recently. Be creative!!

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

 

All the best,

Samantha Bauer

Communications and Events Manager

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas

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BUILDING HOPE

RMH_Logo_v6Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas Breaks Ground on “Building Hope” Expansion Project

Expanded House Will Keep More Families Close To Their Sick Or Injured Child

 

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (April 15, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas broke ground on its $3.5 million capital campaign expansion project today. The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House, located in Greenville, S.C., to double the amount of families it currently serves by adding an additional 12 guest bedrooms. 

“Our Chapter is absolutely thrilled to begin this new adventure,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of RMHC of the Carolinas. “Today is an important day for families all across the Upstate of South Carolina and beyond our borders. The expansion will strengthen our ability to meet the needs of children being cared for in an outpatient and inpatient setting; ultimately meeting our goal of keeping families close and helping to enable family centered care.”

The 17,500 square foot expansion will connect to the current House located at 706 Grove Road, directly across the street from Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Features of the expansion include 12 additional guest rooms with private baths; a new guest check-in and main lobby; a large dining hall; a commercial kitchen designed for multiple families; an elevator making all rooms accessible to guests and visitors; a business center to help families keep up with their homes; an expanded laundry facility; and a community conference room to welcome volunteers and community partners. 

In 2015, RMHC of the Carolinas served 400 children and their families but the demand for rooms far exceeded availability and 254 families had to find alternative housing. In a recent study 90 percent of hospital leaders agreed that RMHC helped families reduce stress and costs of caring for a sick child. And, as the Greenville community and its medical facilities continue to grow, the need for the House program will continue to increase year after year. 

“The services RMHC provides are a vital part of the healthcare continuum,” said Tom Mascari, Board Chairman of RMHC of the Carolinas. “We wanted to continue to fulfill our mission and serve more families to provide them with the resources they need so they can better focus on their child’s medical needs. It was clear we needed to expand and we look forward to helping more families in need.”

For 27 years, RMHC of the Carolinas has served more than 10,000 families from the Upstate of South Carolina, its six surrounding states and from outside the USA. Families come to the House at any time of day or night in search of a place to stay within steps of their child receiving medical treatment at an area medical facility. In addition, the House provides meals, transportation and compassionate support— all the comforts of home. The average length of stay for a family is 11 nights. 

“We have received an extremely positive response from the Greenville and Upstate community in our goal of raising money for the expansion,” said Joe Swann, Capital Campaign Co-Chairman. “There was a need and the community truly rallied around the Chapter’s mission. The community is our campaign foundation and it is through them we have reached this important day.”

Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, McDonald’s GSA Co-Op, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Fluor are lead donors for the campaign. The expansion project has raised approximately two-thirds of the funds needed and is seeking donations to meet its $3.5 million goal. Pledges and donations can be made online at http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/ or mailed to Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. For more information on the “Building Hope” Capital Campaign, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/.  

About RMHC of the Carolinas: 

RMHC of the Carolinas’ mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Since 1989, the Chapter has provided support to more than 10,000 families through the Ronald McDonald House program. More than a room, the House serves as a quiet place for families to be alone or as a place of companionship, sharing and emotional support with other families who are also caring for a sick child being treated at nearby hospitals. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, visit www.RMHC-Carolinas.org.

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