History of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
The New Orleans Ronald McDonald House opened December 10, 1983 and was the 53rd Ronald McDonald House in the country.
In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia with the help of the Philadelphia Eagles after player Fred Hill’s young daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. His teammates wanted to help and they began raising money for a house. They sought out McDonald’s Corporation who began to help.
As the word of Ronald McDonald House spread, more parents’ groups were formed and more Houses opened. The New Orleans Ronald McDonald House opened December 10, 1983 with the help of the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans Ronald McDonald House is a beautiful, homey, 15-bedroom house with a huge kitchen and dining room, two laundry areas, a toy room, two family relaxation areas and a living room—plenty of space for guests to make themselves at home and visit with each other.
The social factor is vital; the emotional support and encouragement that the families give to each other is the most important aspect of the House. They share, listen and help one another maintain a positive outlook.