Dillard’s has just made a significant contribution of $289,000 to the local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). This donation was made possible by the sale of Dillard’s exclusive Southern Living Christmas Cookbook.
Dillard’s offered a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC. This exclusive 256-page hardcover cookbook includes over 100 new recipes and over 125 full-color photographs throughout the book.
Notably, with this year’s contribution, Dillard’s has provided more than $15.6 million to support local Ronald McDonald House programs. Dillard’s Senior Vice President Denise Mahaffy said, “Over the past 28 years, Dillard’s has developed a strong relationship with RMHC in our communities. The work they do every day to bring comfort to children and families impresses us and makes selling the cookbooks a huge source of pride and satisfaction.”
Each year, RMHC serves families with children who have serious illnesses such as cancer, are injured, or are hospitalized and who need RMHC resources. The programs reduce the stress and financial burden when families travel from home to access medical care for their sick child. At Ronald McDonald House, families can stay together, relax, interact with families going through similar experiences, enjoy home-cooked meals, all just minutes from the hospital.
“At RMHC, enabling family-centered care is at the core of our mission,” said Joanna Sabato, director of marketing and development for RHMC Global. “We are incredibly grateful for Dillard’s generous donation and commitment to supporting our mission of keeping sick families and children together.”
There are several RMHCs in the New York area. In one hospital, more than 1,000 children were treated for cancer in one year. The parents were able to live nearby to help keep her spirit up. The house in Manhattan is on East 73rd Street, near some of the major hospitals in New York City. Since 1979 this institution has helped an astonishing 59,000 families. The New York RMHC accommodates 95 families, including 6 post-transplant suites.
RHMC was founded in Philadelphia in 1974 and the focus has always been to help families with pediatric illness.
POSTSCRIPT: RMHC is an amazing organization. Keeping families together during pediatric illness helps the patient. They recover, as they want to be with their family. Dillard’s long-term commitment should be applauded and encouraged.