Give the Gift of Togetherness this Holiday Season

fb-sog_launch2-notxtRonald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA), a  non-profit that supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, is asking people to help keep families with critically-ill children close to each other and the medical care their child needs to heal by giving the gift of togetherness. The old adage “home is where the heart is” particularly strikes true for families who spend the holiday season at pediatric medical facilities. That is why, each year, RMHCA celebrates the Season of Giving from November through December by encouraging online donations at that can help keep families close when they need it most all year long.

“Togetherness is the greatest gift you could give families with critically-ill children,” said Katherine Estes Billmeier, executive director, RMHCA. “RMHCA serves families whose children are the sickest and must travel the farthest to access the life-saving medical care they need. Research shows that when a child is in need of critical care, having family nearby helps them heal and cope better. A contribution to RMHCA during the holiday season helps us ensure these families can administer a healthy dose of hugs, smiles and laughter all year long.”

Each year, through programs like Ronald McDonald House, RMHCA helps over a thousand children and families in Alabama and other states find comfort and access to critical health services. For families who travel so their child can receive medical treatment, a donation of as little as $75 can help them stay together and close to each other and the care they need. As individuals, businesses and community groups look for opportunities to give back this season, RMHCA is reminding supporters that a small donation goes a long way. For families it could mean:

  • A space for children to play with others experiencing similar challenges;
  • Strengthened coping abilities for parents;
  • A comfortable lodging alternative for parents who need to remain close to the hospital; and
  • Providing parents with higher quality sleep so they are better able to participate in decisions about their child’s care.

Throughout the Season of Giving, supporters can make donations online at and contact the organization for more ways to get involved. RMHCA celebrates the giving spirit and is encouraging fans to post photos in support of RMHCA families on its Facebook and Twitter using #KeepingFamiliesClose.