Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home away from home for the families of critically ill children in treatment at area hospitals. Without these homes (in DC and VA) families would camp out in hospital corridors, live in costly hotel rooms, or leave a child when he most needs them. Houses include kitchens, living rooms, laundries, play areas, and comfortable private rooms. Having basic needs met allows parents to manage a trying situation without wondering where they will sleep or how they will eat: they find relief and community, and can focus on what counts – the health and well-being of their children. In addition, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s National Medical Center offers a quiet retreat from the stress of the hospital; and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (in association with Georgetown University Hospital) brings health care to the under- and un-insured. RMHC's recently completed, new DC home is large enough to serve 35% more families. Your support means respite for those who truly need it.