Here in central Illinois, we help over 1,000 families a year. Worldwide, RMHC provides 2.5 million overnight stays annually, saving families over $930 million. Today, we need your help AND Congress’ support to provide #Relief4Charities so we can continue supporting families with sick children. SHARE now to show your support!
Our All-In Donation Day has been postponed due to COVID-19, but we still have items on our wish list that need fulfilled! We are grateful for our local Walmart stores in Springfield for helping us keep our shelves stocked!
- Walmart Springfield - Freedom Dr
- Walmart Springfield - N Dirksen Pkwy
- Walmart Springfield - Lejune Dr
While we are living in unprecedented times, we still have much for which to be grateful! In February, we wrapped up our 2020 Give A Little Love Campaign. Local McDonald’s stores throughout central Illinois participated and raised over $249,000! Thank you to all in our communities who gave a little love during that time. Those donations are critical to our families year-round! Pictured here are members of the Millan-Petro McDonald’s Organization, Kent Walsh, Wes Byrd, Mikel Petro, Stephanie Schempp, and Jack Millan, with our Development Director, Kendyl Wear. Thank you to ALL of our local McDonald’s stores for supporting this initiative, and to the community members who make it a success!
Important: Beginning March 21 for a period of no less than 21 days, RMHC is suspending intake of new families into our Ronald McDonald House programs to protect the families we serve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Starting March 21, no new family registrations are being accepted through April 11 at this time.
- Families who have stayed with us in the past will be considered a “new” registration or entry into the House - and will not be able to stay with us until after April 11 at this time.
- Families currently staying with us at our Springfield or Peoria Ronald McDonald Houses may continue to stay as long as is needed.
For updates, please check our website regularly.
Important COVID-19 Update from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois
All-In Day has been postponed due to COVID-19, and further information will be coming so check back regularly for updates.
Please help us by providing monetary donations to purchase meals for our families and items from our wish lists.
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, our mission is essential and the guiding force behind our efforts as a charity. With the current state of emergency in our country due to COVID-19, we are also responding at the chapter level to ensure the health and safety of the sick children and families we serve. We also wish to protect the hundreds of volunteers who assist our families through their service along with our staff. In order to do so, actions we are taking include:
- Suspension of our Meals from the Heart program. This is a decision with great impact as we rely heavily on volunteers to prepare meals for our families. We ask groups, individuals and organizations to kindly consider providing gift cards or monetary donations to support this program while it is suspended. Please visit our donation page to help us continue to provide meals.
- Tours, other volunteer groups performing service, and community events at our House have been suspended.
- Some of our staff will be working remotely. Our house program staff will still be providing coverage 24/7 as usual. For questions about our Springfield House, call 217-528-3314 and our Peoria House, call 309-401-2525.
How can you help us at this time? Please visit our wish lists online and assist us through purchases or donations made from the comfort of home.
Like you and many others, we are also in need of hand sanitizer and wipes.
We appreciate your continued support as we all navigate these trying times, remembering the sick children and families served by our charity.
Thank you so much!
Chief Executive Officer
$10,829.00... that’s the figure Walgreens recently presented to select Ronald McDonald House Charities Chapters with as a result of their 2019 scannables campaign. Over 100 stores in central and southern Illinois participated to benefit the Central Illinois and St. Louis RMHC Chapters! This donation will help provide over 100 overnight stays to families this year. A huge thank you to Walgreens employees for choosing to support us with your campaign.
The first green of spring is right around the corner! McDonald’s Shamrock Shake® will return on February 19, 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary treat. To celebrate, McDonald’s is taking the Shamrock Shake nationwide for the first time since 2017 and introducing the new OREO® Shamrock McFlurry® for a limited time.
In addition, 25 ¢ from every Shamrock Shake or OREO Shamrock McFlurry will be donated to your local Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois®!
This year, customers have two different ways to enjoy the craveable Shamrock taste they know and love — how lucky is that?
- The one and only Shamrock Shake features creamy, vanilla soft serve blended with our unmistakable Shamrock flavor and topped with a whipped topping for a delicious minty treat.
- The new OREO® Shamrock McFlurry is a twist on a fan-favorite, featuring creamy, vanilla soft serve with our unmistakable Shamrock flavor and OREO® cookie pieces blended throughout for a delicious minty-chocolaty dessert that super fans and new fans alike can enjoy.
“We’ve been serving the iconic, cult-favorite Shamrock Shake for 50 years and it’s become synonymous with McDonald’s ever since,” said McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen. “We’re excited to serve up a new way to experience the one-of-a-kind Shamrock flavor in our new OREO Shamrock McFlurry. Our chefs worked to get the perfect balance of OREO cookies and mint for this new delicious dessert. We can’t wait for customers to get a taste this spring.”
Shamrock enthusiasts can experience the luck of the 50th Shamrock Season at McDonald’s from February 19 to March 17 at all participating restaurants nationwide.
The Legacy of the Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake was created in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s Owner and Operator who made the delicious, mint shake in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. It later debuted in select locations across the U.S. in 1970, and was an instant success.
In 1974, sales from the shake helped to build the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. The mission began when the daughter of a Philadelphia Eagles player was being treated for Leukemia. Together with with a local McDonald’s Owner and Operator Hal Rosen, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles, the family raised enough funds through Shamrock Shake sales to help open the first Ronald McDonald House as a way to keep families close during difficult times.
OREO® is a trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.
In January, we told you about Seventeen-year-old Jonathan, the very first guest to stay at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. He experienced firsthand what a healing environment can do for his health. His dad recently told us that Jonathan's numbers tracked for his illness have been improving since moving into Ronald McDonald House, and that Jonathan is producing hemoglobin for the first time in three months!
Well, Jonathan has been raving about some of the incredible art located throughout the Peoria House too! He even has a favorite, “Pollinators Delight,” which features a series of honeybee macro images hanging just outside the kitchen and dining area.
Thank you to the many local and regional artists who have helped make the Peoria House a place of comfort and support for our families in need.
And thank you to the many volunteers, including some of the artists pictured here, who spent hours hanging the artwork in the House before we opened!
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is Hosting Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business Before Hours" on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Come enjoy a continental breakfast, tour our House, and discover how we partner with the community to extend compassionate care to families when catastrophe strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.
Parking is available in our parking lot across Spalding Ave. We look forward to welcoming you to our House bright and early!
During his recent 70-day stay in the hospital, it was sometimes hard for 17-year-old Jonathan to rest with the continuous beeping of machines in his hospital room. Today, he moved into the Dax Wing of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® which gives him and his father the opportunity to relax in a private suite away from the noise, even just for a bit. With enough space for his entire family, he looks forward to a holiday season filled with family and friends in the comforts of the Peoria House. And that’s all possible because of our amazing donors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you central Illinois!
For an update about Jonathan, go here...