The Issue: Meals for Families with Hospitalized Children
Families with seriously ill children often have to travel for life-saving medical care. Many need a comfortable place to stay near the hospital, as well as easy access to nutritional food, so they can keep their focus where it belongs: on caring for their child. Frozen meals at the Ronald McDonald House of Akron provide families staying there with a convenient way to eat at any time of the day, thereby eliminating one of their many worries.
The Campaign: Filling the Freezer with Meals for Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Ronald McDonald House of Akron to feed families with hospitalized children. For every $9 raised, the organization can provide three meals for its guests as part of its Fill the Freezer campaign. The overall goal of the campaign is to raise $3,000 to buy 1,000 frozen meals and ensure the freezers stay stocked for the 45–55 people who stay at the House every day.
Ronald McDonald House of Akron
Established in 1985, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron serves as a home away from home for families with children hospitalized at the nearby Akron Children’s Hospital. With amenities that include private rooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, free laundry facilities, and indoor and outdoor play areas, the house serves as a comfortable respite where families can rest and recuperate after emotionally draining hospital visits. Most importantly, it ensures that parents can remain close to their hospitalized child and focus on his or her care rather than where they can afford to stay or get meals. Although guests are asked to donate $10 per night, no families are ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Housing costs are largely funded by community donations and fundraising efforts.