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Ronald M donald House Charities c NORTHERN CALIFORNIA KEEPING FAMILIES CLOSE H aving a child in the hospital can be the most challenging time any family faces, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California (RMHCNC) helps those families in need by providing a comforting, caring home away from home while a child with a serious illness or injury is hospitalized or undergoes outpatient treatments. RMHCNC also now offers the Caring Cart – a hospitality cart stocked with complimentary items to comfort and occupy parents, siblings, relatives, and caretakers as they support a child in the hospital. “The cart offers snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, puzzles, activity books and anything else we can provide for the comfort and convenience of pediatric care families,” says Stacey Hodge, Senior Director of Community Relations. “Volunteers push the cart through pediatric wards we serve, and are able to educate families about our day-pass opportunities, as well,” says Hodge. Pediatric families needing a respite may use the Ronald McDonald House facilities during the day, even if not staying overnight. “They can use our playground and our fitness center, have something to eat, watch a movie, take a shower, or even do their laundry – they’re welcome to anything we can provide.” Opened in 1998, the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House serves all hospitals in the greater Sacramento area including the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sutter, Mercy, and Kaiser RMHCNC.ORG Hospitals. The addition of 20 rooms in 2015, for a total of 38, has enabled RMHCNC to serve about 1,500 families in 2016. “Volunteers are the core of our success,” concludes Hodge. “Caring Cart volunteers get to directly help and comfort families in need. The criteria for volunteering is on our web site, so please visit and help us help families through difficult times.” PROFILE SPONSORED BY Northern California | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 69