On our Ninth day of giving, we are pleased to be donating to the Toronto Chapter of Ronald McDonald house Charities.
RMHC Toronto’s goal is to provide a warm and welcome place for sick children and their families to stay together while undergoing, often painful, treatment. Established in 1981, RMHC Toronto was the first Ronald McDonald House set up in Canada and is still the largest one in the country. It consists of a house large enough to accommodate 81 families and includes extensive facilities such as a state-of-the-art kitchen and laundry, both open 24 hours a day, a clubhouse/sports/activity area, family den, business centre, library, and media/movie room.
In addition to the main house, RMHC Toronto also operates seven family rooms spread out among 4 hospitals in the GTA and 1 in Sudbury. These rooms allow family members an opportunity to rest and recharge while remaining close to their child during treatment. They are also staffed by great volunteers who are dedicated to providing as much support as needed.
Besides providing a roof and warm bed for families, the RMHC Toronto also provides a variety of courtesy programs and services in the following areas:
Food assistance, free food staples (like milk), and cooking classes
Activities encouraging fun, imagination, and creativity
Fitness and wellness
Child anxiety and dealing with stress
Access to a family vehicle
Large child care items for loan such as strollers, cribs, playpens, and car seats
Seasonal activities such as summer camps and holiday parties
School classes ranging from JK to Grade 12 lead by three full-time teachers and recognized by the Ministry of Education
Today’s charity has been suggested by one of our lawyers, Spencer Cuddy. Spencer has been familiar with Ronald McDonald House Charities since his high school made it the focus of their fundraising efforts. Since then, he has been impressed with the work that they do and feels that their mission is an admirable and important one. We couldn’t agree more.
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