Ronald McDonald House Charities to expand housing to help more families

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama has announced a $7.5 million campaign to expand its housing for families.  The campaign will add a new 28,543-square-foot wing to almost double occupancy.

“With $6,025,000 raised to date, we are confident that the public will rally to help RMHCA reach our goal, ” announced Campaign Co-Chair Jeff Logan of the Birmingham Barons.

Pediatric patients and families are drawn to Birmingham from across Alabama and the nation for medical treatment programs.  The current 41 guest suite Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham opened in 2007 one block from Children’s of Alabama and UAB.   According to a news release from Ronald McDonald House Charities, 12 families are on the waiting list each night for a room.  Last summer there were as many as 55 families on the waiting list.

The new three story wing will add 28 guest suites, family living rooms and laundries on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and also include five extended stay apartments.  In addition to the new guest rooms, a family center will be added on the first floor with a new main resident dining room, a volunteer kitchen, a game room and two family living rooms.

The Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham provides a home away from home for families of children receiving medical treatment.  Many of them are from the Tennessee Valley.  That includes the family of WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson.  His family spent time there while his son, Brody, endured multiple surgeries.

Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson and his family
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson and his family

Groundbreaking is expected in early 2017 and the project should take 10 months to complete.  You can learn more about the expansion project and how to donate by clicking here.

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