Ronald McDonald House Charities is a non-profit organization that provides care for the families of critically ill and injured children receiving care at local Columbia hospitals. The organization consists of two cornerstone programs: The Ronald McDonald House, located next door to Prisma Health Richland Hospital, and The Ronald McDonald Family Room, located in the lobby of Prisma Health Richland’s Children’s Hospital.
Through the Family Room Program, nourishment rooms, hospitality carts, and the Pack-A-Smile lunch program, they serve an average of 15,000 individuals/families per month, making all of the comforts of the Ronald McDonald House accessible at Prisma Health Baptist, Richland, and Children’s Hospitals along with Lexington Medical Center.
The Ronald McDonald House Columbia, SC opened on May 18th, 1983. Today, RMHC Columbia, SC is an active, energetic organization with a volunteer board of directors and professional staff serving countless families and children. They are supported by a caring community of volunteers and generous contributors and sponsors.
If you visit the house, you may see a friendly dog keeping families company. This is their lovable house dog, Alphie, adopted and gifted to the house by the local Alpha Delta Pi sorority chapter. Alphie is the perfect cuddle partner and welcome committee. Several years ago, Elijah's family stayed at the house while he was in the hospital. His family stated that "Elijah always wants to visit Alphie." His mom also shared, "We were always greeted with love and compassion. A big financial burden was lifted knowing that we had a place to stay without having to worry about finances or a checkout time."
Learn more about how to donate or how to get involved at RMHCofColumbia.org or by connecting with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC on Instagram and Facebook @rmhccolumbiasc.