HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) - Ronald McDonald House Charities is making a difference in the lives of children and their mothers who don't have health insurance. Their programs are available for families all over the Houston area including Katy and Fort Bend County. 

There are more than 835,000 children in Texas that do not have insurance. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston is providing the critical support needed to provide free medical and dental care to thousands of uninsured children of our community. Last year they served more than 9,000 children. 

Any school, apartment complex or business can ask for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to come to their facilities. McDonald's has held a number of health fairs in the Katy and Fort Bend areas. One regular stop is the Fort Bend Discovery Center, 198 Kempner Street, in Sugar Land.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides free care to children from newborn to 18 years old. The Ronald McDonald Mobile Clinics are open to the public; children do not have to attend the school where the Care Mobile is parked to receive care. The clinic is a first come, first served walk-in service. No appointments needed.

“We are always thrilled to partner with RMHC said David Glaser, an owner/operator of several Katy area McDonald’s locations. "As a community business owner, you are always looking for ways to give back and with a brand like McDonald’s we have a built in fantastic opportunity to help families in need," Glaser added. 

McDonald's makes it easy to donate to the program. 

"Make sure to use our new 'Round Up' feature on our kiosks or at any order point to round your meal’s change up to the next dollar to help us help RMHC," Glaser said. 

Perhaps the greatest challenges that are tackled by the program is ensuring that the uninsured child has access to free medical and dental care directly in their own community. Through delivery of care with our core programs, we believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston with their clinical partners; Texas Children’s Hospital and UT Health School of Dentistry are working together to make a difference in thousands of children’s future. While the Ronald McDonald House of Houston helps families in the medical center from all over the world, the Ronald McDonald Mobile Care Clinics are helping families in the Greater Houston/Galveston community. 

They also have a C.H.E.E.R.! Room in Katy. The Ronald McDonald C.H.E.E.R! Rooms provide a fun, colorful, welcoming environment and an educational place for children to wait while their mothers’ receive prenatal care at UTMB Regional Maternal and Child Health Program clinics. C.H.E.E.R. stands for Children's Health Education Enrichment Resource.

The non-clinical staff keeps children occupied with age appropriate mini-lessons in health and wellness. Meanwhile, their mothers turn their attention to the healthcare providers giving them critical information about their own health and the health of their unborn baby. 

Call 832-421-5180 for more information. 

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