Research has shown that having a strong support system of family in close proximity during medical treatment can go a long way when it comes to the healing process. Multiply that need for a support system by a billion when it comes to sick children. That is why it is so vital for families to stay connected and close during such a scary time. Unfortunately, many families have to travel thousands of miles in order to obtain the best treatment possible for children. Where do those families stay during that time? How do they pay for it when, in many cases, insurance alone does not cover the cost of medical bills? Often times, parents are forced to leave their jobs in order to remain by their child’s side 24hours a day. That is where Ronald McDonald House Charities is helping to bridge the gap. An organization that allows sick children, who are receiving medical treatment at local pediatric facilities, and their families to remain in close proximity during their treatment for little or no cost. Each year, Ronald McDonald House enables nearly 9 million families around the world to stay together for the length of their medical treatment!
Passionate about this charity and its mission, Playful By Design and Add Ease Tutoring is excited to share RonaldMcDonald Charities as their chosen charity! Playful By Design has been supporting Roland McDonald House of Tampa for over a year and we are so pleased that Add Ease Tutoring joined on this mission on November 2014.
The average cost for a family of 4 per night is $80 at the Ronald McDonald House in Tampa. The family shares 1 room with either 2 twin beds or 2 double beds and a private bathroom. All of the guests of the house share a fullystocked kitchen, eating area, laundry facilities and play areas. While families who are utilizing the house are asked to donate the $80/night themselves, it is not a requirement if they are financially unable; Ronald McDonald house will waive the nightly fee but it requires donations from the public in order to do so.
In addition to monetary donations, Ronald McDonald House also gratefully accepts food donations in order to provide their families with nutritious meals each day. Meals can either be prepared by a restaurant or bought at local grocery stores and then prepared directly at RMD. The academic coaches at Playful By Design will also be participating in this opportunity and we encourage all of our followers to do the same!