Collection for CHOP Ronald McDonald Family Rooms

Collection for CHOP Ronald McDonald Family Rooms

We are collecting items to be donated to the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at CHOP. These small items make life a little easier for parents and families going through the unthinkable with a very sick child. Look for a collection box in the Narthex through the end of June.  A description of the Family Rooms and what they need are listed below. Thank you in advance!!!

The Family Rooms extend the support of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to families staying with their child in the hospital.

Two Family Rooms are offered in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: one in the Oncology Center and one in the Cardiac Center.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House provides comprehensive and compassionate hospitality and support to oncology and cardiac patients’ families while they are providing care and support to their child.  The Family Room at the Oncology Center provides families with a quiet retreat from the hospital setting, together with a family-style dining table, comfortable seating, kitchen facilities, and a guest bathroom.  There is also a laundry room equipped with a washer and dryer, a folding station, detergent and laundry baskets.  The room also provides a TV/DVD/VCR system.  The Family Room at the Cardiac Center provides families with the same amenities available at Oncology with the exception of the laundry room.

Programming periodically takes place in the rooms, including weekly evening dinner buffets by donor Guest Chefs and local restaurants, bi-monthly free haircuts and styling, weekly yoga instruction, holiday themed programs and meals, and various other donor programming coordinated through the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Volunteers trained by CHOP staff the Family Rooms. The Room Coordinator oversees and coordinates services, volunteer staffing, supplies, donor support, and programming working together with the House and CHOP staff to provide support for the families.

Items on their wish list include:

Individually Wrapped Snacks – Chips/Pretzels, Cookies/Crackers, Granola Bars, Candy, Applesauce, Pudding, Fruit Cups

Breakfast Items – Single-Serving Boxes of Cereal, Pop-Tarts, Granola Bars

Microwavable Meals – Easy Mac, Cup Noodles, Microwavable Soup, Spaghetti Os, etc.

Condiments – Individual packets of Equal, Sweet N Low, Splenda, Salt, Pepper, Mustard, Ketchup

Kitchen Supplies – Napkins, Paper Cups (hot & cold), Paper Towels, Paper Plates/Bowls (no Styrofoam), Sanitizing Kitchen Wipes, Dish Soap (for washing by hand, NOT dishwasher)

Miscellaneous – Travel-sized Toiletries, Tide-To-Go Pens, Ziploc Bags (Large and Small), Aluminum Foil, Saran Wrap, Books for Teens and adults (new only), Magazines, Sudoku/CrosswordPuzzle Books, Inexpensive Toys, Seasonal/Holiday donations, coloring books/crayons, Gift Cards to Walmart/Target/WaWa/Starbucks/BJs Wholesale

Click here for a shopping list of the items listed above.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Troutman.