Image courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The South Dakota state 4-H Youth Council is welcoming in the new 4-H year with new members, officers, and a new state outreach project! This year we will be concentrating our efforts to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities!
This project has the potential to affect not just one or two communities in South Dakota, but every community. There are currently 322 Ronald McDonald's Houses in 57 countries and regions. In South Dakota we have 1 House located in Rapid City, and 2 Houses located in Sioux Falls. Ronald McDonald Houses act as a place to stay for families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment. Ronald McDonald's Houses provide over 7,200 bedrooms to families around the world each night, with an estimated value of $257 million in lieu of hotel costs. There are currently 161 Ronald McDonald's Family Rooms in 19 countries and regions. These Rooms accommodate over 3,000 families each day who live in the local community and don't need to stay at a Ronald McDonald House. They provide a place for family members to rest, wash clothes, take a shower, or nap near the vicinity of their child. There are currently 43 Ronald McDonald's Care Mobiles in 6 countries. Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are mobile clinics that offer affordable health care for children in their own neighborhoods. The program serves more than 100,000 children a year, and saves families in the U.S. $10 million in medical and dental costs each year.
We will be donating not only pop tabs, but also monetary donations and volunteer hours. A competition will be held among the counties and a prize will be awarded to the county that donates the most in each of these categories. With your help we look forward to improving the lives of families with sick children.