She said the nonprofit partners with local hotels to allow families to stay at Sheraton, Aloft or
University Inn at discounted rates.
“We certainly are going to meet the needs of the families in the community that we serve," Senior Director of Development George Marut said. "That much is for certain.”
Day said that for families who can’t afford a hotel, the Ronald McDonald House has a voucher program where the family donates $10 and the Ronald McDonald House pays the rest of the cost.
The organization has had the voucher program for about eight years. The house has often had to turn away families due to lack of space, Day said.
But a hotel isn’t ideal, since it doesn’t provide meals and a fully stocked pantry like
the house does. However, Day said, there’s the family room on the seventh floor
of N.C. Children’s Hospital, where families can grab a sandwich, coffee or
just take a break from treatment rooms.
UNC student organization Carolina For The Kids also provides hot meals for parents on Tuesday nights, CFTK Publicity Chairperson and former Daily Tar Heel reporter Haley Waxman said.
Waxman said the house's expansion will provide more volunteer opportunities for students.
"We're definitely excited about getting in there once the ribbon cutting happens next month," she said.