Help Children and Families Relocated Due to Flood Damage

April 5, 2019 Update

As reconstruction of our Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital continues, so do many of the services we provide families to ensure they can stay close to their hospitalized children. It is through the support of individuals, businesses and other organizations that this is possible and we are incredibly grateful.

We currently anticipate another three months of repairs before being able to re-open the House. During this time, we invite you to support our efforts to continue to surround families with comfort, meals and care over the next few months. Currently, our greatest needs include:

  • Meal Gift Card Donations: Drop off gift cards for individual, family and group meals from local quick-service restaurants. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital (5444 S. Drexel Avenue, Chicago) Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Grab and Go Meals: Drop off individually-wrapped, restaurant sandwiches (i.e. Jimmy Johns, Potbelly) and individual bags of chips. Please call the House (773-324-5437) to select a day/time for a grab and go meal to be dropped off.
  • 1-Night Hotel Stay: A contribution of $90 will cover the cost for a family to stay with our local hotel partner. To donate funds, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

We will continue to share updates as they are available so be sure to check back.

 

March 1, 2019 Update

One month ago, the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital experienced significant flood damage due to a burst pipe during Chicago’s deep freeze. Since that time, our community has rallied together as we prepared for the extensive repair work necessary to re-open the House and has helped us continue to provide services to families so that they can focus on what matters most – the health of their children.

Over the past few weeks, we have had many reasons to be thankful. We welcomed several student groups from the University of Chicago who helped remove damaged furniture and mattresses. In addition, our Caring Partners from Bulley & Andrews began the reconstruction process. Meanwhile, families continue to stay close to their hospitalized children thanks to our hotel partner, Hyatt Place at University Medical Center. The ongoing generosity of our supporters contributing to our fundraising campaign enables us to provide snacks and meals for families every day.

We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received, all of which enables families to focus on their children. Be sure to check back to this page for updates as they are available.

 

February 4, 2019

On February 1, 2019 – Our Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital experienced significant damage to both guest rooms and living spaces because of a pipe burst that permeated all floors when Chicagoland experienced record breaking sub-zero temperatures. Families staying at the House, just minutes from the hospital were safely relocated to a local hotel.

Please help us meet these family’s needs while we begin reconstruction
As we assess the damage and begin work to repair our House, we will make every effort to provide some of our services remotely. The House will remain closed, but we plan to re-open various areas in phases as we are able.

We invite you to support this effort by making a donation below.

  • 1-Night Hotel Stay: A contribution of $90 will cover the cost for a family to stay at a local hotel.
  • Family Supper: A $30 donation will provide a meal for a family.
  • Transportation Support: Help families get to and from the hospital by making a $25 donation through the form below or by dropping off $25 Uber or Lyft gift cards*.
  • Grab and Go Meal Support: Drop off individually-wrapped, restaurant sandwiches (i.e. Jimmy Johns, Potbelly) and individual bags of chips. Please call the House (773-324-5437) to select a day/time for a grab and go meal to be dropped off.
* Gift cards can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital (5444 S. Drexel Avenue, Chicago) Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Your gift in any amount will enable families to continue to stay together with their hospitalized children. Thank you for your care and support.

In cases where donations exceed what is needed for a specific initiative, we promise to honor your generosity by using your gift where it will have the most impact to support families served by RMHC-CNI. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Thank you for your care and support.

Read the recent Chicago Tribune story for information about our plan to rebuild and learn how our community can come together to keep families together.