Local charities can say a lot about the communities in which they are found; each addresses an unique need, in an unique way. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is no exception. The Ronald McDonald House program was born Philadelphia, a response to the clear need for a home away from home for families of ill children to rest and recuperate from their daily battles.
In 1974, Philadelphia Eagles football player Frank Hill and his wife, spent three years sleeping anywhere they could – whether in a cramped bench seat, or a lonely corner, constantly enveloped in unpleasant hospital sounds and smells. Hill, having watched others go through the same scenario, worked with the Eagles, and then McDonald’s, to successfully fundraise for and create the first Ronald McDonald House. Families could now find a home where they could sleep comfortably, and find relief from the stressful and emotionally draining hospital atmosphere. As a part of the greater Ronald McDonald House network, the Orange County chapter brings its own individuality to its partner hospital, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC). Continue Reading →