The Season of Giving
Since 1985, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois has provided support and comfortable accommodations to more than 70,000 families seeking medical treatment for a critically ill child. Rain or shine, we open our door to these families 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—including the holiday season.
As the holidays approach, it is more important than ever to keep families close to the support and care they need. There are a number of ways you can help us make their stay during the holidays more enjoyable, and help them feel at home:
How You Can Help at the Holidays
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Our families often can’t get to the store for holiday shopping, or can’t afford gifts with the weight of medical bills. Help us make our families holidays special by donating items from our special Target Wish list for families. We open a special workshop room where families can pick out gifts for their loved ones free of charge. We have grown up gifts for kids to pick out for their parents, as well as toys, games and clothes for parents to pick out for their kiddos. We even have a wrapping station so they can make it extra special.
Southern Living’s Christmas Cookbook
This year, give family and friends a gift that gives back. Southern Living’s Cooking for Christmas, available exclusively at Dillard’s, is just $10. Best of all, its proceeds from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois-area Dillard’s stores benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. This full-color cookbook includes more than 250 recipes and dozens of decorating ideas. To purchase the Christmas Cookbook, visit your local Dillard’s store.
Sponsor A Family
Give a gift that gives back: Sponsor A Family in someone’s memory or honor. Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are asked to contribute a small donation per night for their stay. However, nearly 70% of our families are unable to pay due to mounting medical bills and other uninsured expenses. You can help by sponsoring a family’s stay, or a portion of their stay. Donations of all sizes support our mission.