Feature: How You Can Help Keep Families Close this Family Day
The Stories of Strength fundraising campaign for Ronald McDonald House
Family Day is celebrated far and wide as a time to connect and celebrate our loved ones. This day allows for hard-working individuals across Canada to take a break and remember one of the most important things in life — being close with our families.
This Family Day, we’re shining a light on local charity Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMH BC), which launched its Stories of Strength fundraising campaign to demonstrate the importance of keeping families close — especially during tough times. From now through February 15, RMH BC is hosting its online fundraiser through Facebook to recognize and celebrate the many families staying at the House, with the community invited to post, share and donate.
Since 1983, RMH BC has positively impacted the lives of countless families through the most difficult of times. Each year, up to 2,000 families from across British Columbia and the Yukon travel to Vancouver in search of life-saving treatment for their critically ill children. Far from their homes, they desperately need accommodation and a place to stay together under one roof.
The state-of-the-art House is situated on the BC Children’s Hospital campus in Vancouver, B.C. and offers a home-away-from-home, a community of support, and a restful space for families so families can stay close to their children as they receive medical care. With support from hundreds of volunteers, dedicated donors, and committed staff, RMH BC creates a community of support for parents, siblings and patients so they can heal better, together.
Leading up to Family Day on February 15, RMH BC will celebrate families from across BC and the Yukon, sharing inspirational stories of their ability to heal, connect and find comfort at the House. From February 1–15, join in and support by creating a Facebook fundraising page, share personal Stories of Strength on social media and tag @RMHBC, or simply make a donation.
The non-profit helps to support and ease emotional and financial burdens for guardians who must travel with their children to Vancouver for treatments that may take days, weeks or even months to complete. Offering a supportive ecosystem, families receive support through a variety of amenities, including art and music therapy, comforting accommodations and healthy meals among many others.
Despite COVID-19, RMH BC has remained open this past year with the longest consecutive stay being 335 nights, while the average stay was 25 nights. Each of these visits mark an incredible story and compelling reason to fundraise or donate through the Stories of Strength campaign.
Consider giving back to a local charity like RMH BC this Family Day, whether by participating in Stories of Strength or simply through cash donations. For more information and to learn how to create a Facebook fundraising page, visit Rmhbc.ca/familyday-stories-of-strength.