As Hurricane Irma was quickly approaching, the Costa Family was hit with more problems than one. Mom, Sara, was 36 weeks pregnant when the storm hit the Florida Keys. Her husband, Nate, had a job that forced him to bunker down in their hometown of Fort Lauderdale. Sara and her two daughters had to evacuate to Georgia without Nate. “The stress of not knowing if we were leaving our house and coming back to rubble […]

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  I spent my first summer as a “working girl” as an intern at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC). This was the best first job experience I could have ever hoped for. However, I first fell in love with the Charity when I was very young. My father has supported the Charity for many years, and I grew to know the mission of ARMHC over time. It makes my heart happy that families and […]

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Several times a month, our Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses are visited by a very special group of volunteers. These four-legged friends are known as Happy Tails. These dogs, cats and rabbits travel around the Atlanta area to local hospitals, nursing homes, special-needs programs, and many other locations to serve as therapy animals for children and families. The mission of this non-profit organization is to “share the unconditional love of pets with people of all ages […]

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On the final day of Volunteer Appreciation month, we want to recognize Ms. Irma! She is described as a “true angel” by our Volunteer Services Managers and all of Atlanta RMHC has a special place in their hearts for this amazing, dedicated long-time volunteer. For about 30 years, Miss Irma has made a delicious and soulful home cooked meal at our House near Egleston on the first Wednesday of every month. Miss Irma spends the […]

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Retirement is usually a time to relax, unwind and travel with your loved ones. But for Tom Umstead, fondly known as “Mr. Tom,” it was a time to do so much more. After his retirement, he noticed the large amount of perfectly good baked goods, food and supplies that would go unused or thrown away in large grocery stores. After further investigation, he called the Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Fl.  He told the representative: “I […]

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