In 1974 Fred Hill, father of a child with leukemia and Philadelphia Eagles football player, along with his wife Fran, prompted the efforts of an NFL team, the local children’s hospital, the McDonald’s restaurant chain and the citizens of Philadelphia to build the first Ronald McDonald House, providing a place for families to stay while their children received medical treatment far from home.
Friends of K.I.D.S., Inc. was established in 1981 by representatives of Neo-Fight, Candlelighters and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to pursue the opening of a Ronald McDonald House in Columbia.
After a fundraising drive, Columbia’s Ronald McDonald House opened on May 21, 1983 at the corner of Stadium and Monk Drive.
In 1988 after serving 2,000 families, the Board of Directors began expansion plans for the House, increasing the number of bedrooms from 10 to 14.
The Mid-Missouri Ronald McDonald House officially became Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri in 1997, and Friends of K.I.D.S was dissolved.
The University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital opened in 2010 at their current location on Keene Street, prompting RMHC-MM to accelerate efforts to build a new House within walking distance of the hospital.
In 2012 construction began on the new Ronald McDonald House located at 3501 E. Lansing; the new House, which features 18 guest rooms all with private bath facilities, opened on October 30, 2013.