Dear RMHC Friends, 

So often families share with us the impact the Ronald McDonald House has made on their lives. Their hearts are full of gratitude because they found a place that made a journey filled with uncertainty a little easier.

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House find comfort in ways they never expected. In addition to being near their sick child, there is tremendous relief in knowing there are warm meals, pantries stocked with all kinds of foods and all of the items needed to make a house a home available to them.

In this newsletter, you will get a glimpse of some of the many remarkable ways the community comes together to ensure families have the comforts of home. In addition, you will meet two families who called the Ronald McDonald House their home and learn how your generosity helped them during a very difficult time.

We are grateful for the support that is extended to our Charity. Because of you, families find compassion, hope and kindness every day at the Ronald McDonald House. You are the reason we are called the House that Love Built.
Eleanor B. Reigel, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown
Reasons to Smile
We’re never short on Reasons to Smile. Here are a few recent examples of the compassion shown by the community…
Apron Angels has been making meals for Ronald McDonald House Morgantown families since 2014. Then in March 2020, pandemic restrictions limited in-person volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. This did not stop the group from wanting to help RMHC families. By creating pre-made meal kits for families to easily assemble and enjoy and donating meals, Apron Angels got creative and continued to help. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the group has provided OVER 400 MEALS to the families of Ronald McDonald House Morgantown.
The firemen at Lower Burrell #3 Fire Department donated nearly 200,000 tabs to RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown. They collected the tabs for more than two years by rallying their community to participate. The tabs will be recycled, and the proceeds will benefit RMHC families.
Dick’s Sporting Goods provided some extra comfort for the families at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown by donating 500 pairs of slippers.
RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown received a generous grant supporting the Jacob Johnson Family Lodging Fund from the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Advised Fund, Jr. Department of Parkersburg Women's Club Endowment, Lawrence M. and Margaret Ann Ronning Memorial Fund, and the Robert W. Burk, Jr., Memorial Fund all a part of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. 
For the 31st year, the West Virginia Farm Bureau donated pantry items and toys to the families at Ronald McDonald House Morgantown. Their donation filled both the pantries and treasure chest of toys.
The Kids For Kids program, sponsored by the Benedum Foundation, included RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown in their 2022 initiative! Kids For Kids is a project dedicated to connecting students with each other through the arts. RMHC families and children were paired with K-12 students in Western PA. Based on responses from a short survey, students were inspired to use empathy as a superhero power and create personalized artwork, using all mediums, for the RMHC family! Check out some of the unique and creative pieces RMHC received. 

RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown even received two special pieces created by Highlands High School students to display in our laundry areas! 

To learn more about Kids For Kids: https://kidsforkidsproject.org
Kara, a fifth-grade student at Avonworth Elementary, donated toys, art supplies, pantry items, toiletries and more to the families at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Kara arranged this incredible drive with the help of her local school community, friends and family.
Howard Hanna Insurance Services was recently recognized as the 2022 Nationwide Community Service Award Winner. As a result, the organization donated $2,500 to RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown. In addition, they raised over $1,200 by participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation generously awarded RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown a grant to purchase everyday household supplies, mainly those with an increased need due to COVID-19. By helping purchase some of our most basic needs, the seemingly little things like food safety gloves, to-go meal containers, individually wrapped silverware, everyday paper products, and light bulbs, guest families will be able to experience a seamless, stress-free stay.  

The supplies purchased by this funding provide comfort and security on so many levels to our families, whether it’s for food, service gloves or a microwave, all assist our mission,” said Becky Magnelli, Family Services Director.
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association Foundation is continuing its commitment to the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown as the Charity’s 2022 Presenting Mission Partner, ensuring that families continue to receive the very best in care, comfort and support during their stay.
Family Stories
Cole’s Journey
Mary walked across the street every day from Ronald McDonald House Morgantown to see her son Cole in the hospital until he was strong enough to go home.
 
Bradyn’s Journey
Bradyn’s grandma called Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh her home not once but twice while her grandson received two heart surgeries and later a double lung transplant. Read their story
Hoagy's Heroes
Hoagy’s passion for motorcycles began in 1972 when his father introduced him to riding. A pastime he enjoys so much, he turned into a way to help others, creating Hoagy’s Heroes.

In 2003, Hoagy’s Heroes hosted its first ride for charity. Since then, the organization has traveled over one million miles to 49 states and raised more than $345,000 for children’s charities.

“I love to give, and I’ll do anything to help children,” said Hoagy

RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown is one of the organizations Hoagy’s Heroes supports. For more than a decade, the group has been hosting a Pop Tab Run for the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, Hoagy and 60 riders deliver pull tabs that they have collected all year long to Ronald McDonald House Morgantown. Led by a police escort, the riders deliver an impressive number of tabs which are then recycled, supporting the families staying at the Charity. Their record is nearly 700 gallons of tabs.

And this year, in addition to the legendary Pop Tab Run, Hoagy’s Heroes will host a special event, benefitting the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Up in Smoke - RTE and BBQ Contest will be held on Saturday, August 6th in Moundsville, WV.

Like Hoagy, you can use your talent, passion and energy to support others. Learn more about the RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown Projects of Passion program.
Walking for RMHC Families
On Saturday, May 7th, walkers gathered to support RMHC families at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. It was the first time since the pandemic began participants gathered in-person to walk the 5k route. 

Walking for RMHC for the fifth year was Little Donnie’s Happy Meal Gang. Donnie and his family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House 8 years ago.

“Families are under so much stress during this time and need a place to rest,” said Cortnee, Donnie’s Mom. “We continue to walk for the charity because we know how much the Ronald McDonald House helps these families.”

Additional teams walking for the Charity included the Red Shoe Society, RMHC volunteers and staff, and other supporters of the mission. Collectively, the teams raised over $5,000 for the families who rely on the Ronald McDonald House for a place to call home. 
Round-Up for RMHC
Don’t forget to Round-Up for RMHC when you visit your local McDonald’s. When you choose to round-up, you are helping RMHC support families with ill or injured children stay together and near the medical care they need. Your donation supports the hundreds of families who find comfort and support at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown every year.
Choose Your Chill
There is no cooler way to support the families at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown than by enjoying Minute Maid Frozen Slushies and Frozen Carbonated Beverages at local McDonald’s restaurants. Every time these delicious treats are purchased now through the summer season, ten cents will be donated to our Charity. Don’t forget to round-up with each purchase for double the support!
What's Coming Up
Red Shoe Ball  
Adventure Awaits
Saturday, November 5
Nova Place

We look forward to celebrating the families and mission of RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown with you during the 2022 Red Shoe Ball. The special themed evening will feature a family who has benefitted from your generosity as well as fabulous auction items. Watch for more details!