May 2017 
| Vol 9, Issue 5
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
A Letter From the Smith Family

Jen, Ryan, Bren and Gideon
In the Summer of 2016 we went in for an ultrasound. My favorite ultrasound tech noticed something that didn't seem right and got another tech and doctor to take a look. They spotted what appeared to be a mass on our little boy's heart and decided to send me down to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for a level 2 ultrasound. There they found something on the baby's heart that required the expertise of specialists from Nationwide Children's Hospital. The doctors came up with a game plan that meant our little man would be taken to Nationwide Children's to have tests run as soon as he was born. A coworker of mine suggested asking if we could get a room at the Ronald McDonald House across from Nationwide Children's.

On August 6, 2016 Gideon James came into this world at a whopping 9 lbs. 5 oz. At first, he got to stay with me at OSU in their NICU. Sadly, the next morning I received a phone call that they needed to transport him to Nationwide Children's. A nurse rolled me down to say goodbye only to see he was already strapped into his transportation gear and I only got to hold his hand from the opening of the carrier.

I was incredibly relieved that my Mom was given a room at the Ronald McDonald House while my husband stayed with me at the hospital.

A few days later, I was discharged from the hospital and was able to move in with my husband and mom at the Ronald McDonald House. It was nothing like what I had expected. The House was warm and inviting. Everyone was so kind and helpful from the moment we walked in the doors. The volunteers who came in to cook meals for families were friendly and took the stress away of having to worry about food. The beds were comfy and having a hot shower to freshen up in our own private room was wonderful. A few days before all of us were able to head back to our hometown my mother in law brought our daughter down to us so she could join in and spend time with her brother. The house definitely won her over too with the various rooms she could explore and play in. By far her favorite thing was when she was invited to a princess party in the princess room. She still gleams that she got to dress like a princess and keep her princess dress. Now she insists on trying to go back with us every time we have to go Columbus.

Gideon was officially diagnosed during his stay in the NICU with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Luckily for us, two of his doctors from Nationwide come to our local hospital so we can utilize them from the comforts of our hometown. However, we still need to make visits to Nationwide Children's every six to eight weeks. We have become frequent guests at the Ronald McDonald House. The last two trips to the Ronald McDonald House, our church has collected donations that we can bring as our way to say thank you for being there for us. Our daughter who is now 6 does her part by collecting pop tabs to send with us as well.

The Ronald McDonald house has been a huge blessing to my family, and I know it will continue to be. I encourage anyone to help by collecting tabs like our 6 year old does, collecting items off their wish list, volunteering to cook a meal, or making crafts with the families. You will touch the lives of all who enter the House.  
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2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Make a difference by keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Special event sponsors receive participation opportunities and recognition at RMHC of Central Ohio events throughout the year. With levels ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, you or your company can participate at any level.

Our annual Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic is right around the corner!  To learn how you can sponsor this event and others please   email Jamie Foltz or call 614-227-3740. 
2017 RMHC Special Events:
  • Dig It for the House
  • Handbag Hullabaloo
  • Paint the Town Center Red
  • A Toast to Tinseltown
  • Sporting Clays
  • The Bake Sale
House Meals
Click on the picture to visit the meal page on our website. 

Meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are provided by generous people like you in the community.  
Dinners needed:

June 15th
July 4
Food Truck Fridays
 Join us every Friday this summer from 11:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. in the front parking lot (located at the Southwest intersection of Livingston and 17th Avenue) of the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Some of the best Food Trucks in Columbus will be donating 10% of their proceeds to RMHC every Friday this summer! This is a public event. No tickets are required.

New for 2017!! Join us from 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Urgent Care parking lot on every Food Truck Friday morning (May 5th- August 25th) at an event catered towards night shift employees at NCH called Food Truck Fridays Night Shift Edition! Although this event is catered to employees working night shift, it is also open to the public. No tickets are required.

Charity Night at the Races 
Saturday, June 3

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's Charity Night at the Races is this Saturday, with a portion of proceeds benefiting RMHC of Central Ohio. Come see the action and cheer on our charity. A Dinner Buffet will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the Night at the Races from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Location: Elorado Gaming- Scioto Downs, 600 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207

Run for RMHC
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Red Shoe Society presents the inaugural Red Shoe Run 5K Scavenger Hunt benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Explore Grandview with us in a 5k Scavenger Hunt Run/Walk starting at Wright-Patt Credit Union and ending with a cold beer at Ohio Taproom. Participants will be given a list of clues to take them through a 5k scavenger course down the streets of Grandview. The race will kick off at Wright-Patt Credit Union and end with a finisher celebration (including your first beer free for all registered runners) at Ohio Tap Room. There will be games and activities for kids!

Scioto River Run - Powell, Ohio
Saturday September 23, 2017

 The Scioto River Run Half Marathon and 10K is Central Ohio's newest fall running experience. The event has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to help raise funds and awareness for our charity. Learn more and register here.
Charity Day 5K
July 2, 2017

This is a collaborative fundraising effort of several charitable organizations running on the same course, while fundraising for their specific charitable organization. Register here and select Ronald McDonald House Charities as your beneficiary.  
Ongoing Promotions 
Foodiecard Online Sales

A Foodiecard deck costs $30 and includes over $500 in coupon savings at 54 different restaurants around Columbus. Foodiecard donates 50% of every deck sold from when you select RMHC as your cause to support. 

Good Deed Rags

Purchase a shirt from   Good Deed Rags , and select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charity and $10 from each shirt comes back to the House.

    1. Disinfecting Spray (i.e. Lysol)
    2. 13 gallon trash bags
    3. Gift Cards to local retailers (Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's)
    4. HE Laundry Soap (PODS preferred)
    5. White Corelle soup bowls
    6. Breakfast Cereal and Pop Tarts
    7. New, white, full-sized bath towels
    8. Scrubbing Bubbles for bathtubs
    9. Disinfecting Wipes
    10. Foil steam table pans (full & half sized)

Every time you shop at  AmazonSmile , Amazon will donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! If you have an Amazon account or are setting up an account, please select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charitable organization! 
Quick Links
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Naming Opportunities 
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