This Holiday Season: Get Involved & Pay It Forward

During the holidays at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Chattanooga, we have a lot going on! Whether it’s by attending events or making a donation, there are so many ways to give back to our RMHC families. We’ve highlighted different events and promotions in which you can give back:

November 15: Breakfast with Santa

You can show up the morning of the Breakfast with Santa to purchase your ticket.
A ticket is required for each person.

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Santa’s Workshop 

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Weeks prior to Christmas, the Community Room, located inside the Ronald McDonald House, will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop! Families will be allowed to come in each night and choose three items until Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, there will be no limit to number of presents each family can take.
See what we need on Santa’s Wish List here: RMHC Holiday Wish List
If you’re part of an organization that would like to volunteer or collects items for families in need, think of our families this year! If you or your group are collecting items for Santa’s Workshop, please contact Tiffany Cobb at tiffany.cobb@rmhchattanooga.com or (423) 778-4338 to schedule a drop-off time/date.
 *ALL TOYS AND ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING.*   
We’re sorry we cannot accept any used toys.

Hearts of Gold

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Share your heart this holiday season with the purchase of our 2014 Hearts of Gold ornament!
RMHC of Greater Chattanooga’s 2014 “Hearts of Gold” ornament is available to purchase online for a minimum donation of $15. All proceeds will benefit families of seriously ill or injured children at the local RMHC in Chattanooga.
This year’s ornament is an angel symbolizing even in the most difficult times, no one is alone. Family members near and far, a sick patient, and loved ones are truly together in spirit. RMHC is proud to be an important part of the healing process of family-centered care. The gifts, prayers, and support of so many have made it possible for RMHC to make each family feel at home during a difficult time in their life.
Each year, the “Hearts of Gold” fundraiser highlights the story of a child and family served by an RMHC program. The purchase of the 2014 “Hearts of Gold” ornament is a gift dedicated to helping struggling children and their families. It represents the gifts of chance, togetherness, and hope to thousands of children and families served by RMHC.
For more information, contact RMHC Development Officer, Brittany Snyder, at brittany.snyder@rmhchattanooga.com or 778-4359.

December 19: Jolly Jump at Pump It Up 

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Be apart of Jolly Jump at Pump It Up! Come have the time of your lives all to benefit RMHC of Greater Chattanooga! Jump around as long as you please!
Enjoy so many fun activities including:
  • A meet and greet with Santa…HO! HO! HO!
  • Cookie decorating
  • Silent Auction
When: Dec. 19: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Pump It Up
7443 Commons Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
*$10 per person
If you have four or more people in your group, you get one person free.

Dillard’s Southern Living Holiday Cookbook 

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It’s time to purchase your Dillard’s Southern Living Christmas Cookbook! It’s available now in store and online. The price is just right at $10. When you buy the cookbook, all proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC)!
The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook is the ultimate holiday go-to source for recipes and decorations! More than 200 recipes for seasonal gatherings, from breakfast and brunch to desserts and party-ready treats. Find fresh inspiration for joyful mantels, doors, wreaths, trees and tables with over a dozen delightful recipes for homemade gifts from the kitchen.
Dillard’s at Hamilton Place Mall has supported RMHC of Greater Chattanooga since 1994. Dillard’s at Hamilton Place Mall has donated over $63,000 to benefit RMHC of Greater Chattanooga over the last six years. We are so honored to have them as a loyal partner.
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Our 25th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival Guide for Moms’ and Dads’…

…including minutes each activity will keep your child occupied and how much energy they’ll use.

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Days & times: Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Oct. 5, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Tennessee Riverpark
4301 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Admission: Free!
Parking: Free!

Activities (not all are listed):
* There will be a plethora of activities for cute photo ops to enter your child into for the Photo Contest!

Pumpkin decorating
Minutes: 10 to 15.
Energy used: Not much. Although, better to decorate a pumpkin then your kitchen walls.

Face painting
Minutes: Depends. If he/she is more of a minimalist and only wants a balloon, 8 minutes. If your child is a Michelangelo at heart, it could be 15-20.
Energy used: More like energy gained. There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they look in the mirror and see the creative art.

Petting zoo/pony rides
Minutes: 10 to 15 minute rounds.
Energy used: Moderate. Petting animals, feeding, and riding them will cause your child’s heart to melt.

Giant inflatables/bounce house
Minutes: As long as you please.
Energy used: They will most likely make your child fall asleep in the car ride home.

Sandbox
Minutes: 10 minute rounds.
Energy used: A good amount if your child is striving to be an archeologist.

Ronald McDonald Magic Show
Minutes: 30.
Energy used: Some. Ronald often gets little magicians from the audience to be his helper!

Carnival games
Minutes: This is up to you.
Energy used: Moderate. If their eye is on the prize, they’re really going to give it everything they have to win.

Mobile Rolling Video Game Theater
Minutes: 15
Energy used: Little.

Food:
Hungry Hollow Concessions
Jalapeño Corn Dog
Kona Ice
Local Slice
Monkey Town Donut Co.
Mtn.Top Kettle Corn
Rita’s Italian Ice
Tikiz Shaved Ice
Mayfield ice cream samples on Saturday and Sunday!

We’re so thrilled for you to enjoy the annual Autumn Children’s Festival (ACF) and celebrate 25 years of family fun!  We would like to thank our long-standing partnership with the Tennessee Society of CPA’s Chattanooga Chapter who volunteer their time to plan, underwrite, set up, and coordinate all the ACF activities.

The Festival wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers, gracious donors, sponsors, and all who come to participate in the fun!

Tennessee Society of CPA’s
Ross Glass & Aluminum
M&M Industries, Inc.
Village Volkswagen of Chattanooga 
Convergys 
Sunny 92.3
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 
David & Barbara Carroll
Allstate (Homer Tittle) 
Coca-Cola
SunTrust
WTVC-News Channel 9 
McDonald’s 

 

A House of Hereos

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We house Hereos. It’s no secret that moms are Superwomen. They’re incredible in every way and notably stronger and loving than most humans. Their job offers no breaks and happens to be every day of the week. They know what you’re thinking before you say it, protect you when you feel threatened, and put you before themselves. They don’t need a batsignal in the sky to accomplish a mission.

We have the strongest mothers that come and go at Ronald McDonald House Charities®. Whether they are here because their child is ill or injured across the street or they happen to be volunteering. They are world changers and encouragers. Giving up on anything isn’t a consideration of theirs.

Here are just a few of the many incredible mothers’ who are apart of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga:

1.) They are thankful!

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Mother, Yesica, stayed with us when Melody was being taken care of for hypernatremia. She was so thankful for being able to walk across the street and be in arms reach of her beautiful little girl each day.

 

2.) They pay it forward!

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When daughter, Molly, was receiving treatments for cancer, her mother, Angelica, and the rest of her family stayed close by. They were so appreciative for being able to stay with us that they wanted to embrace our infamous motto of “paying it forward” by cooking lunch for the other families. Molly’s big sister, Jackie, and mom made an authentic Mexican dish!

 

3.) They volunteer!

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Mothers from Modern Woodmen brought their children to plant flowers for our courtyard! They’ve taught them from a young age the importance of supporting the local community and helping others.