(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City dedicated its second Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City on Dec. 17 with a donor recognition event and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The second House is located at The Children's Hospital inside Garrison Tower.
The new $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House at The Children's Hospital features 14 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and dining room, on-site laundry facilities and an Oklahoma City Thunder playroom. These elements are designed to provide a 'home away from home' to allow families with seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care a restful place to stay, eat a warm meal and converse with others in similar situations.
The Ronald McDonald House at The Children's Hospital will allow Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City to accommodate an additional 550 families in need each year. The original Ronald McDonald House will continue to serve families at 1301 Northeast 14th Street in Oklahoma City with an additional 15 bedrooms. The Ronald McDonald Family Room® on the sixth floor of The Children's Hospital offers a relaxing retreat for families with inpatient children as well as four sleep rooms. All facilities are available 365 days a year to families.
"With the expansion of area hospitals and availability of specialty services in the Oklahoma City area, our local leadership felt we needed to meet the critical need of respite for more families," said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. "In 2013 we could have accommodated an additional 239 families who requested our services, but unfortunately were turned away. The second House will allow us to provide these additional families a place to stay, only minutes away from their child's bedside at The Children's Hospital."
For more information or to learn how you can help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, please visit RMHCOKC.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Two Ronald McDonald Houses and a Ronald McDonald Family Room each serve families every day of the year. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.