It all began in 1973, when Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia.
While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment at the children's hospital, they met other families in the same situation. These families drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go.
Fred Hill and his football team decided to do something for these families...build them a "home-away-from-home" in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with local McDonald's Owner/Operators to raise money to purchase and restore a house near the hospital where these families could stay. Hence, the first Ronald McDonald House was born. Since that time, more than 300 Houses have been built worldwide.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso opened its doors to the community in March 1984, through the tremendous efforts and support of McDonald’s, The Junior League of El Paso, Southwest Airlines and Wells Fargo Bank (formerly State National Bank). RMHC of El Paso was launched in this community to help address the growing need for families to have a place to stay while their children were receiving treatment in local medical facilities. To date, RMHC of El Paso has served more than 33,000 children and their families through our signature outreach programs.
Although we serve families from across the country and around the world, our primary areas of service include El Paso, Southern New Mexico, West Texas and Northern Mexico.
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RMHC is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHCELP EIN is 74-2257357. A copy of the RMHC determination letter is available upon request.