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“The Ronald McDonald House allowed me to be a parent to my child, not just a visitor,” Shamire Hatcher says.

Shamire’s words speak the truth of our mission at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. For 40 years, your partnership with our charity has allowed families to be families, even though they’re far from home because a child is critically ill or injured.

“My husband and I were juggling this crazy balancing act that was near impossible. We spent hours in the car commuting and that was time we were missing with our daughter in the NICU and our 3-year- old daughter at home. I remember our first night at the Ronald McDonald House. It was like a weight had been lifted off my chest,” Rachel Gordon says.

At the Ronald McDonald House, families find a new “home” where we take care of the day-to-day stresses — a place to stay, meals, laundry — so they can focus 100% on their child. And then at the end of the day, they come home to be supported by other families who understand the path they’re walking.

Looking back on the last 40 years, you understand why we’re the House That Love Built. Each time we’ve grown, you have been there with us and ensured that each endeavor started debt-free. It’s a proud fact that not every Ronald McDonald House Charity can claim.

We started as a humble 10-room House near UAB Hospital. In 2018, we helped more than 5,000 through our 73-room Ronald McDonald House, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at UAB Women & Infants Center and DCH Regional Medical Center – Tuscaloosa, and the Happy Wheels Hospitality Cart.

Looking forward to the next 40 years, we want our Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms to be filled with love, laughter and hope. We need your financial support to make this happen.

All of us at the Ronald McDonald House are grateful for your support because you can gift the best 40th anniversary gift of all: a family who is together in the toughest time of their lives. That’s something to celebrate! Please make your gift today by filling out the form below.