Delivering a Smile to Patients and Their Families

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley is committed to serving as many families of critically ill children as possible; however, not every family served at our local hospitals have a need to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. The Hospitality a la Carte Program has volunteers roll a Happy Wheels Cart through area medical facilities to support local families with children healing in the hospital, providing comfort as parents focus on their children. Serving both out of town and local families, Hospitality a la Carte supports individuals who spend hours on end at the hospital with their critically ill child. It provides a bit of comfort as our volunteers push it through the hospital hallways offering a toy, treat or refreshment to patients and visitors alike.

Items Served on the Cart Include:

  • Coffee, hot chocolate, juice, water, and tea
  • Candy and snacks of all kinds
  • Toys, puzzles, and books

The Hospitality a la Carte program is free of charge (donations accepted). Besides the immediate needs these small tokens can meet, they provide simple reminders to the families that they have a network of supporters during a challenging time. Happy Wheels Carts roll at:

  • Ascension St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children
  • Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville
  • Deaconess Gateway Hospital
  • Deaconess Henderson
  • Easterseals Rehabilitation Center
  • Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center
  • The Women’s Hospital

For more information about this program or to ask about volunteering, call 812-402-7642 x305.