Giving Hope When It’s Needed Most: MEM Supports New Ronald McDonald Family Room

June 14, 2024 • Previsor

The overwhelming stress of a hospitalized child can leave parents neglecting their own well-being. Finding a quiet corner for rest, or simply grabbing a decent meal, feels like a distant luxury. But for families seeking solace near their child at MU Health Care Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, the new Ronald McDonald Family Room offers a haven of comfort and respite.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room just opened alongside the new Children’s Hospital floor. MEM donated $20,000 to a room in the Family Room. They’re also building a new Ronald McDonald House nearby on Stadium and College. 

“As we look forward to the opening of the new Ronald McDonald House in mid-June 2024, we remain dedicated to expanding our support system for families in need,” said Terri Gray, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. “The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a vital part of offering immediate, accessible care and comfort to families within the hospital.”  

Designed to feel like a ‘friend’s living room,’ The restorative space accommodates 20-30 people at a time and includes a living room area, kitchenette with food and snacks, laundry facilities, and comfortable areas to watch TV, rest and prepare for any medical challenges ahead with their child.  

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid Missouri served 206 families in 50 counties in 2023 with over 4,800 nights of stay. The organization aims to keep families together when a child needs medical care.  

MEM goes beyond financial support for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Employees in Columbia and Kansas City generously volunteer their time, making meals for families staying at the house. This dedication extends year-round through sponsorships, matching employee donations, and donating goods and services. In 2023, MEM supported over 110 organizations. With over 4,400 volunteer hours available and 70% of employees giving back, MEM fosters a culture of giving.



June 14, 2024
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