Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Each year, nearly 3,000 families with hospitalized, seriously ill children stay at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, the second largest in the world. Located directly across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the House provides a comfortable respite for families just steps away from a hospitalized child. Family members can stay in one of 80 guest rooms or 10 continuing-care suites while their children are hospitalized. In addition to a dedicated volunteer staff, amenities include private rooms and baths, fully equipped kitchens with dining areas, plus laundry, meditation, and exercise rooms. Although guests are asked to donate $20 per night, no families are ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Each night, the estimated cost of housing a family is $100, and housing costs are largely funded by community donations and fundraising efforts.