Donate to Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald Workshop this Christmas on behalf of Riverchase Galleria shooting victim Molly Davis

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Ronald’s Workshop 2017. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Molly Davis has become a household name in Birmingham over the last month as one of the victims of the shooting that took place at the Riverchase Galleria on Black Friday. After receiving an outpouring of gifts, letters and phone calls, Molly and her sisters are asking you to give back this Christmas by making donations to the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald Workshop.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHCA) is a nonprofit organization in Birmingham that works to ensure families of sick or injured children never face their challenges alone.

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Photo via Shannon Bennett

The Ronald McDonald House is one of RMCHA’s unique programs that provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child while they are receiving treatment. What’s more, no family is ever turned away because they can’t pay.

“Ronald McDonald House was chosen mostly because you don’t hear much about it,” said family friend and organizer of the drive, Shannon Bennett. “I don’t think people realize what this organization is or that it helps out parents and kids. Yes, it’s great to give toys, but things such as gift cards or money donations help the parents who stay there as their kids are getting treatment.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides families with many services, such as:

  • Home-cooked meals
  • Private bedrooms
  • Playrooms for children

How to Donate

Donations play a vital role in making the Ronald McDonald House possible. Currently, $140 has been raised on behalf of Molly  via Facebook. Cash donations will be accepted until after Christmas. Click here to donate.

Toy donations are also being accepted until December 20. Toys donated through the charity drive will go to Ronald’s Workshop, where guests of the Ronald McDonald House can “shop” for Christmas gifts for their children at no cost.

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Parents shopping for their children in Ronald’s Workshop 2017. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

“The saying that we are ‘the house that love built’ is so true when you see the generosity of our community,” Katherine Estes Billmeier, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama said. “There are not enough thank yous for our supporters like Molly and her family who donate toys and supplies to our Ronald McDonald House because the joy and comfort they provide guest families is immeasurable.”

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Former guests of Ronald McDonald House brought toys to Ronald’s Workshop. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Due to health concerns of guest families, Ronald McDonald House cannot accept items that are:

  • Used
  • Edible
  • Sharp
  • Glass/breakable
  • Weapons

Here are some ideas:

  • Board games
  • Arts and crafts kits
  • Handheld games
  • New books
  • Puzzles

You can also donate supplies for Ronald’s Workshop, such as:

  • Medium gift bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Bows/ribbon

More ideas to consider.

If you would like to donate toys on behalf of Molly Davis to the Ronald McDonald House, contact Shannon Bennett for more information.