Mission: The Ronald McDonald House was created to help ease some of the burdens of families who are overwhelmed by the emotional and financial responsibilities of having a child in the hospital and is the only charity of its kind in our region. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota provides a home-away-from-home for 900 families annually while their children are being treated at local hospitals. Without the Ronald McDonald House, many families would have nowhere to turn. The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can break away from the hospital, yet be available at a moment's notice; or a place where children being treated as out-patients can live with their parents, brothers and sisters. Just as important, it is a place where parents can meet and talk with other families who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns, and establish a mutual support system so critically needed at this time. Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. Ronald McDonald House Charities helps to make that happen by enabling families the ability to be together, when being together really counts.
Results: We are a 100% donation based organization and are always open to pop tab donations, food and monetary donations, volunteer time donations, etc.
Target demographics: We focus on providing services to families with critically injured or sick children staying at area hospitals. Children must be under 21 years of age.
Programs: Adopt-A-Family, 365 Giving Tree, Adopt-A-Meal, Pop Tab Pandemonium
This is a great place! The staff and volunteers go out of their way to make each family feel welcome. They are also appreciative of the people who come through the doors to donate time, pop-tabs, food, blankets, etc. The houses truly want their guests to feel like they are at home. There are few places that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year, but the RMHC do. Hopefully, as a parent, your child never experiences a hospital visit, but if it does happen, know that there is somewhere to go.