December 2016
 
Hello,

The holiday season is always a busy one at RMHCCIN!

The House is covered in twinkling lights and filled with nutcrackers, snowmen and Christmas trees galore! In fact, we recently saw our very first "Deck the Halls" tree decorating contest -- big congrats to our winners, David Rausch Studio!

Our 2nd Annual #GivingTuesday campaign and "Home for the Holidays" open house were both smashing sucesses! We raised more than $42,000
thanks to your help and nearly 150 guests attended our open house. It was a busy and amazing 24 hours -- we wouldn't have it any other way! 

2016 has been a big year for us and now, more than ever, we need your continued support. As I type this, the House is at maximum capacity, and in this month alone, we have had to turn away 300 requests for a room at our House due to capacity restraints. The demand for our services is at an all time high. We are so grateful that your generosity and passion for our mission can match this demand and help us in our quest to provide "togetherness" for so many. 

 
Happy Holidays,

 
Michelle Study-Campbell, CEO

 

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We have been given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest rating an organization can get!

 

 



Top  Wish List  Items
You can help make staying at the Ronald McDonald House easier for our families by donating items from our Wish List.

 
Pop Tarts
Granola Bars
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Canned/Cup of Fruit
Snack Items (Individual Chip Bags, Pretzels, etc.)
Microwavable Popcorn
Pudding Cups
Liquid Hand Soap
Cereal (Individual Servings)
Lysol Wipes / Lysol Spray
Lanyards
Dish Towels/Cloths


Please click here to view our full wish list.



You can support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana by shopping through Amazon's philanthropic program, AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products at the same prices with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to RMHCCIN at no additional cost to you! To shop, visit smile.amazon.com and select the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana as your preferred charitable organization. That's all it takes. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation! For more information, please visit the AmazonSmile program.

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Mission Moment: The Impact of Keeping Families Close


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana's focus is to help ensure that families with sick children are welcomed with open arms and receive the compassion and support they need when their child is hospitalized.

We keep families close to the "good" in this world, as the Cepkauskas family describes in the video above, and it's all because of you.
Thanks to All Who Attended Our "Home For the Holidays" Open House!


A great time was had by all at this year's holiday open house! A big thank you to all who participated -- whether you baked cookies, ate cookies, joined our "Deck the Halls" tree decorating contest or just brought the family for a picture with Santa -- you all helped to make this a very special night. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for photos!
Keeping Families Close

Providing comfort, care and support to families with a hospitalized child is what RMHCCIN is all about. Doing this with full accountability and transparency is what makes us so successful. 
 
Whether you're a new supporter or you've been with us since the beginning, we thank you for your commitment to our House and the families we serve. 
 
 
Please take a moment to review our latest annual report .
 
There's Still Time to Apply for a 2017 RMHC Scholarship! 

Since 2008, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Indiana (RMHCCIN) has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.
 
In 2017, RMHCCIN will award 25 Central Indiana high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship. Selection criteria for the award includes: applicants must be a high school senior, under 21 years of age, a legal U.S. resident, eligible to attend a two-or four-year college and living in RMHCCIN's geographic area.
 
Applications close January 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST
 
For more information and how to apply, visit the  RMHCCIN scholarship program page.

Thank You to Our 2016 Adopt a Room Partners!


Families stay anywhere from one night to several weeks at RMHCCIN and come from Indiana, other states, and around the globe. The cost to provide a night of lodging is $100, but the average donation from a guest is a fraction of that. Gifts from our generous supporters help to bridge that gap and and make sure our doors are open every night of the year.

To show our appreciation, each of our 58 rooms and apartments has a plaque on the door that welcomes our guests and gives the name of the individuals, groups and companies that have provided a gift of at least $5,000 to support a room for one year, or $7,500 to support an apartment for a year. The plaques make sure all of our families know the support that is behind them each and every day.

A big, heartfelt thank you to our 2016 Adopt a Room Partners. Click here to view the full list of room partners.

For more information on how you or your organization can become a room partner, contact Peg Strodtbeck, at 
(317) 267-0605 ext. 228 or pstrodtbeck@rmhccin.org. 
Shop for a Cause with a RMHCCIN Debit Card!



Your purchases this holiday season can help support Ronald McDonald House families with an RMHCCIN debit card through Indiana Members Credit Union!  The card is available for issue to members at IMCU's 24 Central Indiana locations.  The RMHCCIN debit card is free to members with IMCU's free checking account and can be issued immediately through IMCU's Instant Issue program.

Contact your local Indiana Members Credit Union or visit imcu.com for more details!
Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?



Shop the Ronald McDonald House merchandise shop to purchase RMHCCIN branded tumblers, hoodies, t-shirts, onesies, striped socks (at just $5 a pair these make great stocking stuffers) and more! We carry sizes from NB - 3X!

Stop by the House any day of the week between 9 a.m. -  9 p.m. to view our selection! Click here for directions.

*Socks are one size fits most
Meal Groups Needed for the Months of December & January!


Sometimes after a long day at the hospital, a home-cooked meal can make all of the difference, and you have the opportunity to make that difference!

We are in need of meal groups for both our main House located on the IUPUI campus and our House located inside Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. 

Available Upcoming Dinner Dates (House at Limestone)
  • Mon. 12/19
  • Mon. 1/2
  • Thurs. 1/5
  • Sat. 1/7

  • Sun. 1/15
  • Mon. 1/ 16
  • Tues. 1/17
  • Fri. 1/20
Available Upcoming Dinner Dates (House at Riley)
  • Thurs. 12/22
  • Tues. 12/27
  • Thurs. 12/29
  • Sun. 1/1
  • Mon. 1/2
  • Tues. 1/3
  • Wed. 1/4
  • Sat. 1/7
  • Mon. 1/9
  • Tues. 1/10

Dinner spots later in January as well as breakfast dates at both Houses are also available . For full meal availability or to sign-up, please visit here.

Save the Date for Our Ongoing Community Fundraisers

Dillard's Southern Living Cookbook

 

Searching for the perfect hostess gift this holiday season? The Dillard's Southern Living Christmas Cookbook includes 200 + recipes and  dozens of decorating ideas, PLUS proceeds help support RMHCCIN families. Did we mention it is only $10? 

Purchase yours  online today or by visiting/calling the  store in  Richmond, IN



Steaks for Good
 
F eeding an army this holiday season? Looking for the "perfect" gift for the foodie in your life? Choose from a variety of gourmet steaks, seafood selections, desserts and more from Omaha Steaks! 10% of all purchases through our link will come back to RMHCCIN.  

Click here to shop now!
 
  

For more information on upcoming community events, please contact Savannah Ball, Development Associate, at (317) 267-0605 ext. 209 or sball@rmhccin.org.