Jeannie accepts the Extra Mile corporate award at the 2017 Red Shoe Run on Jan. 21, 2017.

Red Shoe Run Featured Fundraiser: Jeannie Morton

Jeannie Morton is someone who has been familiar with the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) but just recently found a perfect niche to help families stay together when they need it most. Jeannie serves as the Captain for the Birmingham Orthodontics Red Shoe Run team. 2017 was their first year running and they…

Jeb as an infant. Source: Hoffman Family

Jeb’s story: We’ll ‘never forget the blessings received’ at RMHCA

Jeb Hoffman’s parents didn’t expect their sweet son to be born premature, but he arrived early on October 20, 2016! Below, his mother, April, shares in her own words what it meant to stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama while Jeb was one block away at Children’s of Alabama. On Monday October 17, 2016…

Summer 2017 Marketing Intern Morgan Cochran

Guest blog: Letter to a future intern

The following letter was written by our Summer 2017 Marketing Intern, Morgan Cochran. Dear future intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA), I am excited you are getting the opportunity to learn about marketing and public relations in the nonprofit world. My advice to you right off the bat would be to find,…

L-R: Lonnie Hunter, RMHCA Special Katie Hannah, RMHCA Director of Family Programming April Dickerson and Tonji Wright. Photo: Ven Sherrod

Attendees give thousands to RMHCA at McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Friday, Sept. 11, 2017 was a night to remember for Birmingham and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA)! We were honored have an RMHCA family and several staff members attend the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel concert at Cathedral of the Cross in Center Point. We were welcomed with open arms and the Wright family…

Abbie (left) helps one of the children make a craft.

Guest Blog: All the reasons you should intern for RMHCA

The following is a blog written by one of RMHCA’s summer interns, Abbie Gordon. Before I started my internship this summer, I really did not know a lot about the Ronald McDonald House. I knew that families could stay at a house when they had a child being treated at a nearby hospital and I knew…

RMHCA and Hand in Paw staff gather around the finished artwork.

RMHCA teams with Hand in Paw to create work of “arf”

Since 2010, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) has partnered with Hand in Paw to provide comfort to families in need of stress relief. To celebrate that partnership, the staff from each nonprofit gathered at the Ronald McDonald House for a special painting session. “We are so grateful for our partnership with Hand in Paw…

Rengering family and friends prepare a meal.

Volunteering is a family affair for the Rengerings

For the Rengerings, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama is a family affair. Barbara Rengering says she started coming to the House in 2008 with a group from her church and then her family started coming with her 2010. Dad Paul, 16-year-old Noel and twins Colin and Lydia all help out and bring…

Picture of gala guests bidding during the live auction.

15th Annual Heart of the House Gala raises nearly $200K for RMHCA

On Friday, August 11, 2017, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) hosted its 15th Annual Heart of the House Gala at a private club in Birmingham. RMHCA would like to thank all sponsors, guests and donors for their generosity in making the Heart of the House Gala such a success. The charity raised $194,702…

L-R: Jace, Jamie and Josie play at the House.

Jace’s fighting spirit

We are so grateful to Jamie Calaway for sharing her family’s story and how RMHCA has helped them! At 29 weeks gestation, my youngest son Jace weighed 1.8 ounces and an ultrasound revealed he had a hole in his heart and my placenta had stopped working properly. Jace and I were whisked off to Children’s Hospital…

Make Eating Matter schedule

#MakeEatingMatter nets more than $1,000 for RMHCA

We are so pleased to share that our supporters raised $1,237 during this summer’s #MakeEatingMatter campaign! Supporters ate out at restaurants around Birmingham and the restaurants in turn gave back a percentage of sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. We appreciate everyone who dined out to help us keep families together when their…

Billie joined by members of her church to present a $1,142 check to RMHCA.

Billie and Ryan give back to RMHCA

Billie and her 13-year-old son, Ryan, were first introduced to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) in 2010. Ryan was receiving care at Children’s of Alabama after being ejected from a car in Montgomery. After a sleepless night in the waiting room, the family’s social worker was made aware of Ryan’s situation and helped…

Image encouraging people to give to RMHCA through the Planet Fundraiser app.

Win an inflatable lounger with RMHCA & Planet Fundraiser

We’re proud to partner with Planet Fundraiser to raise money for our new playground. To help spread the word about this partnership, we’re giving our supporters a series of challenges each week in August. When you participate, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an inflatable lounger! All you need is a little breeze…

Breyleigh

Breyleigh’s new and perfect heart

Breyleigh’s story began when her mom, Kelsey, received the news that Breyleigh would be born with a hole in her heart. “They said she wasn’t going to make it and asked me if I wanted to keep the baby,” Kelsey explains. But after Breyleigh was born, she continued to fight for months to come, surprising…

2017-2018 Student Leadership Council hard at work at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

2017-2018 Student Leadership Council

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a group of young men and women committed to promoting volunteerism by serving the families residing at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Members volunteer at RMHCA events and community fundraisers. In addition, the SLC holds after-meeting socials held in restaurants all over…

Lilly looking at RMHCA from the hospital and another picture of Lilly looking at the hospital from her RMHCA room.

All the small things keep sisters Lilly and Lyla close

This summer, we’re honored to share the story of two sisters, Lilly and Lyla, as told by their mother, Toni. Staying at RMHCA has been wonderful. It allows us to be close to our infant, Lyla, whom is being cared for at Children’s of Alabama. It saves us from spending money on a place to…

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