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Ronald McDonald House is now open in Peoria

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central in Illinois at Peoria is officially open.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday with members of the community and the Ronald McDonald House board of directors, local legislators and many others in attendance.

"We hope we can just turn this into volunteer support in the future... So, now we hope they find a way to come back and visit us again," said Melissa Skinner-Liberman, member of the board of directors.

The Ronald McDonald House is a resource that just opened today that the charity said is something Central Illinois has been missing.

And when families do arrive to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, the goal is to eliminate their worries when it comes to finding a place to stay and where to get a bite to eat.

"Once the families walk in the front door, they don't have to do anything. Their meals are taken care of, all of their linens, they have a bedroom to themselves, anything they could possibly need, we try to take care of. So, all they have to care about is taking care of their ill or injured child that's staying at a local medical facility," Skinner-Liberman said.

It features a game room – just the place for children to come relax and have fun, remembering what it’s like to be a kid – the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

When coming here families will also find 22 rooms – including a game and toy room – all for them to use for free.

It took just over a year for the building to be completed, with groundbreaking back in September 2018.

This cause is personal for many here in the community and being able to raise money or just donate time here to help children in need is something those behind the scenes here are most proud of.

The 22 rooms can be expanded – if they notice a need to help the community on a greater level, they are prepped to build 12 more.

Families will be able to start coming here, starting this week.

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