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 19, 2021 from 10:00 am – 4:00 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. This is the longest-running fundraiser at RMHC of Central Ohio.
If your in the area early in the day, stop by the Backroom Bean Buggy to buy A Million Reasons coffee or cold brew from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A portion of sales from every cup, bag, or bottle sold helps the House expand next year to accommodate more families. Biscuit Boss will also be at the House serving up delightfully different donuts with a portion of sales benefitting the House too.
In addition to the sweet treats for sale, The Madison Township Fire Department serving up its famous Firehouse Chili, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, and hamburgers for lunch.
The Bake Sale itself features craft vendors, book sale, holiday gift baskets & more throughout the day! No registration necessary for this FREE event! Pumpkin Rolls will sell out, but you can pre-order on the website and pick yours up the day of the Bake Sale.
Feeling lucky? Purchase some bake sale raffle tickets for $20 each or 10 tickets for $100! The Grand Prize is a 7 night stay in Mexico! There are lots of other prizes you could win too!
Find more details about the RMHC Bake Sale.
Breakfast with Santa, Presented by Ricart
Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 9 am – 11 am
Brewdog Canal Winchester
Register for the Annual RMHC Breakfast With Santa, Presented by Ricart. This event will take place at BrewDog on Saturday, December 5, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The event is family-friendly and geared for children of all ages.
Children will be able to visit with Santa, receive special gifts, and enjoy a delicious and magical breakfast.
The event will feature a festive silent auction and many other surprises. All proceeds benefit RMHC of Central Ohio.
Tickets are $40 donation for adult, $25 donation for 10 and under, $5 donation for 2 and under. Register here. Tickets will sell out.
BrewDog, 96 Gender Rd, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
2022 Baking Camp
July 11, 2022 – July 15, 2022
If your kids love to bake, make sure you check back for details about the Baking Camp for Summer 2022! Check back here for details to be announced.
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. You can even make it more official with printable labels.
Pop tabs can be dropped off to Ronald McDonald House at 711 E. Livingston Avenue at the front desk. Or you can attend the Pop Tab Donation Day to drop the off and enjoy fun activities and food trucks!
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.
Past events from 2021
Family Golf Tournament
Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM at TopGolf
The Junior Golf program was created by Joe Mortellaro in an effort to instill a love of philanthropy and the game of golf among juniors. This event began at Mount Vernon Country Club, where junior golfers could play a competitive course while fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
Over time, this event has evolved to also include an event for the whole family at Topgolf Columbus. This junior golf event will consist of teams of six golfers. Experience level may vary as we hope that this event helps teach our juniors about philanthropy and the game of golf. There is no entry fee for teams; however, each team is asked to raise a minimum of $600 for RMHC of Central Ohio.
The top two teams will receive special prizes. The team that wins the fundraising competition and the team that wins overall play will win a prize package.
Register your team of 6 and commit to raising $600/team! That provides a week of rest for a family staying at our House!
Food trucks to benefit Ronald McDonald House
Food Truck Wednesdays and Fridays at NCH Dublin Campus/Dublin SMOC
If you’re close to Dublin on select Wednesdays & Fridays from April – October 6, get lunch at a food truck to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. A truck will be parked in the parking lot east of the main entrance at the Dublin Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.! A portion of proceeds and a parking fee paid by the truck goes to RMHC so families from far away can stay near their children while getting medical attention at Nationwide Children’s Hospital facilities.
Click here for details, schedule, and order ahead link.
5680 Venture Dr, Dublin, OH 43017, USA
Food Truck Fridays at Behavioral Health Pavilion for RMHC
Fridays, May 7 through September 4, 2021. You’ll find a food truck in the front entrance parking lot at the BHP between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays! A portion of proceeds and a parking fee goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio so families can stay near their children while getting medical attention at Columbus hospitals.
See event page for details and link to schedule.
Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, 444 Butterfly Gardens Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Food Truck Fridays at RMH
Grab lunch at Ronald McDonald House every Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in June & July during Food Truck Fridays! Food trucks will donate 10% of their proceeds back to the Columbus RMH. Trucks will be in the front parking lot of the Ronald McDonald House located at the Southwest intersection of Livingston and 17th Avenue.