Ronald McDonald House families get a taste of home at volunteer dinners. Here’s how you can help!

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Curt Morris, one of the owners at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Birmingham is personally invested in the company’s work with the Ronald McDonald House. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

For families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, small gestures of love, care and kindness go a long way. During their stays, the last thing they need to be thinking about is what will be for dinner each night. That’s why the monthly dinners at sRMHCA provided by the Birmingham La-Z-Boy team mean so much. It’s more than a meal. It’s a taste of comfort—a taste of home. 

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham provides care and comfort to families with sick children at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama ❤️

These monthly dinners are nothing new. La-Z-Boy has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House nationally for 10 years, and locally for 6 years. Over the last 6 years, Curt Morris and his team at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham have served 50+ meals and touched the lives of countless families. 

The La-Z-Boy team fixing up plates to serve the families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

“La-Z-Boy is a national donor to Ronald McDonald House Charities. But locally, Curt and his team at La-Z-Boy Furniture galleries of Birmingham have stepped up and gotten involved at our Ronald McDonald House beyond the company’s national partnership. 

They’ve taken it personally. Curt and his team believe in our mission of keeping families together by preparing and serving hearty meals at least once a month for the 73 families we serve each night. They are an inspiration to my team and for our guest families.”

Katherine Estes Billmeier, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham are not only making families feel at home by providing monthly meals, but also through furnishings donated in 2017. 🛏️

In December of 2017, La-Z-Boy donated over $50,000 worth of furnishings to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama after they underwent renovations, allowing them to double their occupancy.

These are just some of the pieces La-Z-Boy donated to RMHCA in December 2017. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Having a warm, inviting and comforting interior is key to making the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children receive medical treatment feel welcome while they’re away from home.

And now, after a long day at the hospital, families can come back to a place that feels like a home—met with smiling faces of the RMHCA employees and volunteers.

There are so many ways to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House. 👉 Here are a few ways you can get involved in Birmingham:

Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face at the RMH dinner was priceless. You can tell this is more than a meal for so many families. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

1. Volunteer Your Time 🕔

There are so many opportunities to volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House including group and individual options. As a group you can volunteer to provide a meal, host an activity and participate in a service day. Individual volunteer options include helping at the house or volunteering with the Happy Wheels Cart. 

Other volunteer opportunities include special events and off-site volunteer options. Learn more about all the ways you can show up for the families here.

2. Donate When You Can 🤲

Donating funds to RMHCA is a great way to give back. It really makes an impact on the lives of the families coming through the Ronald McDonald House doors. Online, you can donate any amount, and you can even set it up to be a recurring monthly gift. There are also options to send gifts anonymously or as a tribute with the gift in honor of someone else. 

Learn more about the ways you can give here

3. Keep an Eye on Their Wish List 👀

With up to 73 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at any given time, there is a huge need for specific donations. The multiple detailed lists on their site and a great Amazon Wish List to purchase from make donating so easy. Amazon will even donate a portion of your purchase total to RMHCA when you purchase through smile.amazon.com!

 Donations can be dropped off 7 days a week—no appointment needed. Check their website for lists of their most needed items.

What a sweet reminder to the kids and family at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

It’s heartwarming to see local businesses in Birmingham like La-Z-Boy supporting local charities like the Ronald McDonald House. ❤️

What Birmingham businesses do you support that give back to the community? Let us know on social @BhamNow! 

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