published Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Ronald McDonald House is back!

Chattanoogans and many people from the surrounding region are undoubtedly pleased that the valuable local Ronald McDonald House is back in business, after it was closed last August because of a mold problem.

Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay -- at little or no cost -- for families of youngsters who are seriously ill so that they can be close to the hospitalized children.

In addition to having mold removed, the reopened, 26-bedroom facility has been upgraded in many ways to make visitors even more comfortable and to meet their varied needs during trying circumstances. The renovations -- $250,000 worth -- were paid for with private donations and grants. Roughly 600 families stay at the facility annually.

"It's been hard on the families since we closed," Executive Director Jane Kaylor said during a tour of the refurbished facility.

That is no doubt true, so the families who are most directly affected -- as well as the rest of us -- joyfully welcome the reopening of Ronald McDonald House.

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