FLASHBACK 1987: Groundbreaking for Ronald McDonald House - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

FLASHBACK 1987: Groundbreaking for Ronald McDonald House

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July 20, 1987: Ground is broken in Jackson for the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated at hospitals in the area.

The facility was built along State Street at Old Canton Road in Fondren. It opened in 1989 and was expanded in 1998.

In addition to providing a place to stay for the families of seriously-ill children, the facility provides support in the form of other families facing similar circumstances and concerns. Its website says it now has 16 rooms, four kitchens, a playroom, a family room, laundry rooms and a courtyard.

The Ronald McDonald House depends on the community for support, as it does not receive any federal or state funding. Its website says a nightly donation of $8 is recommended for families who stay there, but that no family is turned away because of inability to contribute. Families are also asked to help keep the place clean.

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