Always growing thanks to tireless volunteers, generous donors, and committed staff
How it all Started
When Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill’s daughter Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his wife Fran camped out on hospital chairs and benches, and ate food from vending machines. Noticing the many families around them in the same situation, Hill rallied the support of his teammates to raise funds to help other families experiencing the same emotional and financial traumas as his own.
Through the Philadelphia Eagles’ Owner, Leonard Tose, and the General Manager, Jim Murray, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It was Dr. Evans’ dream for a house that could serve as a temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.
Together, Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager and the local owner/operators in Philadelphia helped to make the vision of a ‘home away from home’ a reality, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes at local McDonald’s restaurants. The successful campaign led to the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974 – a seven-bedroom house on Spruce Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ronald McDonald House®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City opened the Ronald McDonald House at 1301 Northeast 14th Street in 1984. The House was initially 10 private rooms with community bathrooms and has now expanded to 14 private rooms each with a private bathroom.
RMHC® Scholarship Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City launched its RMHC Scholarship Program in 2003 for area high school seniors pursuing their dreams of a college education.
Ronald McDonald House® at The Children’s Hospital
To meet the growing need for more programs, a second Ronald McDonald House opened in Garrison Tower at The Children's Hospital in 2015. This House also has 14 private rooms each with a private bathroom.
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RMHC-OKC is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC-OKC are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. A copy of the RMHC-OKC determination letter is available upon request.