Mississippi’s only Ronald McDonald House began with a sick child and his concerned mother. A little boy in Mississippi had been sent to another state for treatment and his family stayed at a nearby Ronald McDonald House.
When the child improved and was able to come back to Mississippi to continue his care, his mom went into a local McDonald’s restaurant and simply asked the question, “Why doesn’t Mississippi have a Ronald McDonald House?” It was a fair question when you consider Jackson serves as a regional medical hub and has the only children’s hospital in Mississippi where critically ill children from across the state are brought each year for hospitalization and treatment.
After countless committee meetings, fund drives, contributions, promotions, and four years of hard work, the Mississippi Ronald McDonald House opened its doors May 1, 1989. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1974 in much the same way. Today there are Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide serving families in need.
In order to further enhance our mission, in 2000 the Board of Directors approved a new program — Community Grants. Each year the Board determines availability of funds to be awarded to Mississippi non-profit organizations focused on enhancing the health and/or education of children. We have partnered with 20 agencies and benefitted over 200,000 children and families since the program’s inception.