Our guild donated 12 children’s quilts to the BC Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver this past summer. These quilts will be used in their cribs, and as comfort to siblings of sick children. I know from experience how much these quilts mean to family members who are away from home.
For over thirty years, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (RMH BC) has been providing accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child’s major treatment. Since 1983, we welcomed families at our 13-bedroom home in Shaughnessy, but the need for our services was much greater. In 2013, we began construction on a new 73-bedroom House, conveniently located on the grounds of BC Children’s Hospital.
Our new House, which opened on July 7, 2014, serves 2,000 families each year in spacious suites with private washrooms. With a larger House comes expanded services for children and families including a fitness room, arts and crafts studio, magic room, LEGO lounge, and several comfortable indoor and outdoor lounges which encourage guests to come together. Built to LEED Gold Standard, our new House reduces our organization’s carbon footprint and reflects the natural beauty of the BC and Yukon communities that our families come from.
On June 2, 2014, we also opened the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital. A house within the hospital, a Ronald McDonald Family Room is a welcoming refuge for families of children admitted for treatment. The Room includes four overnight sleeping rooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, and a comfortable lounge with TV and internet access.
Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon is owned and operated by the Children’s Family House Society of BC, an independent, Board-directed, non-profit organization. The House is managed with a small staff and dedicated volunteers. We look forward to many more years of service to BC and Yukon families.https://rmhbc.ca/about-us/