Ronald McDonald Family Rooms
For families of the most critically-ill patients at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, our Ronald McDonald Family Room® and private sleep rooms for families are located just steps away from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. These rooms provide a place for families to get the well-deserved rest they need, while remaining close to their children. There is no charge for the use of these rooms, which are available to parents who have the most critically ill children and are from the farthest away.
RMHC Sibling Center
The RMHC Sibling Center® in the Children’s Pavilion at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU was created to reduce stress and inspire fun by providing safe, developmentally appropriate environment for brothers and sisters of children receiving care in the Children’s Pavilion and in nearby inpatient units. The Center offers age appropriate play, arts and crafts, and hands on learning opportunities. If you interested in enrolling your child, please visit: www.chrichmond.o/rmhc-sibling-center and complete the enrollment form.
Happy Wheels hospitality carts are operated by volunteers and stocked with snacks, drinks, toiletries, activities, and toys. These carts travel the hospital hallways visiting families and patients on pediatric floors of the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and the Children’s Pavilion at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to bring the comfort and support of the Ronald McDonald House® straight to the hospital rooms of families of seriously ill children. We give special thanks for support of our Happy Wheels programs to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Richmond and M&T Bank.
Lunches with Love
Lunches with Love is our nutritious in-hospital meal program. Volunteers prepare healthy lunches that include sandwiches, snacks and fruit on a daily basis at RMHC Richmond’s House which we deliver to pediatric families at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit families at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. This relieves the financial burden from the families who are focusing on their child who is receiving medical care.
In addition to our Lunches with Love program, we supply Grab & Go bags for families to take to the hospital, and provide celebratory meals and activities whenever possible. Past celebrations have included Mother’s Day brunch with bouquets and chair massages; Father’s Day fun with “dude food,” video games, and toys; and a winter holiday dinner with gifts, wrapping station, cookie decorating station, holiday photo booth, and a warm catered meal.
We give special thanks for in-hospital support of our meal programs to Kroger, Richmond McDonald’s Owner Operators, Dominion Energy, ACECF and SunTrust.
During Covid-19, we are also grateful for relief support from The Midlothian Rotary Club.
Want to get involved by becoming a volunteer for one of our programs or by helping to stock our hospitality carts? Email our Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement, Diana Villarreal, or visit the Volunteer page.!