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Toy and Food Donation Program

Ronald McDonald Houses host thousands of children a year. Toys, books and games in the Houses are welcomed and well used. Ronald McDonald Houses need to be stocked with toys and all the essentials of home for the children and families staying there to enjoy and use.

The Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo also delivers toys to all children in the hospitals weekly. Keeping Ronald McDonald Houses fully stocked depends on the generous help of the community, and we want to make sure they have everything they need.  Here are some items that our House can generally use: Click here to see our current Wish List

Toys
Because Ronald McDonald Houses serve so many children and families, we only accept new toys.

  • Games
  • Stuffed animals and dolls
  • Books for various reading levels
  • Puzzles, word search books, etc.
  • Video games (rated E)
  • Movies (rated G)
  • Balls and outdoor games
  • Infant toys, socks, and board books

Food
We want to make it easy for families to have meals and snacks without worrying about grocery shopping.

  • Canned goods
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Individual cereals, snacks, crackers, cookies, etc.

Shopping List
Houses need the same products as your home, but they need them in bulk because several families stay in the House every night.

  • Paper products (facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels)
  • Trash bags
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, sandwich bags, quart and gallon size bags
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Cleaning products (sponges, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent)
  • Bath and bedroom items (towels, shower curtains, sheets and pillow cases)
  • Personal care products (deodorant, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Entertainment products (games, movies, books, art supplies)
  • Long-distance phone cards
  • Gift cards for local grocery stores and gas stations
  • Greeting cards and postage stamps
  • Gift certificates to local grocery stores and department stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • Transportation vouchers (buses, taxis, trains)
  • Passes to museums, cultural and sporting events

POP TABS

Collecting “pop tabs” is a popular fundraiser that benefits seriously ill children by helping provide a place for their families to stay while they are out of town for medical treatment.  This is a great way to teach children about philanthropy, the importance of recycling, and to raise funds to help other children and their families at the same time.  Unlike the urban legend states, pop tabs do not support medical treatment of any kind including chemotherapy or dialysis; however, pop tabs do support the operations of Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.

How do Pop Tabs Help?

The tab of an aluminum can is pure aluminum, unlike the rest of the can which contains paint and other residue. Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it is more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and the collection and storage is much easier.  Recycling the tabs generates proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Hundreds of thousands of pop tabs have been collected to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses.  The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo and to know that they are making a difference for families and children.

How to collect  Pop Tabs

  1. Collect and store the pop tabs at your home or office.
    The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo can provide collection boxes for your pop tabs, or you can create your own collection containers.
  2. Drop off your tabs at the RMCHA, 1501 Streit Drive. We accept pop tabs during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  If you or your group would like a tour when you bring your tabs, please contact us to arrange a date and time at (806)358-8177.
  3. After the tabs are collected, the RMHCA takes the collection to a local recycling center where they are weighed to determine their value and a check is made to the RMCHA to help pay for House operating expenses.
  4. Recycle the tabs yourself and mail the proceeds to us or use them to purchase items on our Wish List. When mailing a donation, please note the individual or group collecting the tabs and provide a contact and mailing address so that we may acknowledge your gift.

Checks payable to:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo
1501 Streit Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106
Please note: Pop tab donations are not tax-deductible.


For more information on volunteer opportunities, click the links below:

Individual House Volunteers Group House Volunteers

Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteers Other Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Jan Plequette, Program Director at (806)358-8177, or jan@rmhcofamarillo.org.