For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House while children receive life-saving treatment.
From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, the charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.
There are multiple ways to support Ronald McDonald House, including donations, volunteering, pop tab collections, and attending fundraiser events. Read below for fun upcoming events and other ways to ensure they can continue to serve these deserving families.
The RMHC Bake Sale
Friday, November 17, 2023 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Forget baking for Thanksgiving, and pick up goodies AND support an amazing cause with the RMHC Bake Sale. Get the best cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, fudge, candy, brownies, and other delicious goodies, including the famous pumpkin rolls, at The Bake Sale. You can pre-order your pumpkin rolls here! This is the longest-running fundraiser at RMHC of Central Ohio.
This year’s event will also be the community open house and grand opening of the newly expanded Ronald McDonald House!
The Bake Sale itself features craft vendors, book sale, holiday gift baskets & more throughout the day! No registration necessary for this FREE event!
Find more details about the RMHC Bake Sale.
Breakfast with Santa at Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Saturday, December 10, 2023 from 9 am – 2:00 pm
Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St Columbus, OH 43215
Register for the Annual RMHC Breakfast With Santa. This event will take place at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center on Saturday, December 10, 2023 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Tickets include a full catered breakfast from a local, artisanal restaurant. Each child receives a gift from Santa valued at over $30, plus a craft to make and take home. Families will have photos taken with Santa by a professional photographer.
There’s a life-sized gingerbread house and other immersive holiday activities such as a special story time in the library, hands-on snowball sorting, tree decorating and more!
The Holiday silent auction will include gifts from brands such as Tender Leaf Toys, PLAN Toys, Hermes, LEGO, Bath & Body Works, and more. Starting bids are around 50% of the item’s retail value. It’s a great opportunity to pick up that bike or dollhouse their child has been dreaming of at prices cheaper than any retail doorbuster sale.
Don’t forget your cameras to capture the holiday magic!
Tickets are $40 donation for adult, $25 donation for 10 and under, $5 donation for 2 and under. Register here. Tickets will sell out.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Keeping families close® and helping families who stay at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.
Pop Tab Donations for RHMC
Have you been saving pop tabs and metal can tabs? The Ronald McDonald House can use them!
They collect aluminum tabs from pop cans, beer cans, and seltzer cans, as well as can tabs from soup, vegetable, pet food and even tennis ball cans! They earn money from the tabs, which help fund the housing and programming for families that stay with them.
You can collect your own tabs at home, or start a school or workplace donation site. All tabs help! Just start saving them in a clean container or bag. More details here.
Pop tabs can be dropped off to Ronald McDonald House at 711 E. Livingston Avenue at the front desk.
Other ways to donate aluminum
You can also donate pop tabs and any items with aluminum such as appliances directly to Research Alloys at 110 N Sylvan Ave, Columbus, OH 43204! Tell the associate that the proceeds go to the RMH.
You can also take pop tabs to your local recycling facility and ask that the check be made out to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Send the check to RMHC and they’ll send a note of thanks in the mail.
More ways to help RMHC
Donations and Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House
Call 614-227-3700 for details about what is accepted and how to drop off. They also have opportunities for other types of wish list donations.
Volunteer opportunities are currently limited, but you can get groups and kids involved by making assembled snack bags and no-sew snack blankets. These activities are done off-site, and are a great way to get your kids involved in the spirit of giving and serving others. See website for on-site or event volunteer opportunities.