Ronald McDonald house celebrates 30 years

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Ronald McDonald House, a Birmingham landmark for families in need, celebrated three decades of service Sunday.

Friends and guests gathered Sunday around the world to celebrate the organization.

The Ronald McDonald House serves families who have loved ones getting medical attention.  It opened its fifth house in Birmingham in 1979 and two years ago, moved into a new facility.

"If there was not a facility like the Ronald McDonald house people would be sleeping in waiting rooms, they'd be sleeping in cars, they'd be sleeping in parks, wherever they could," said Mike Singer of the Ronald McDonald charities of Alabama.

Singer said the house in Birmingham serves an average of 100 guests each night and is funded mostly by donations.

"This does become home for them," said Singer. "It's nice to you you're making people feel at home during one of the roughest part of their lives."

Singer said the Ronald McDonald house has a waiting list of an average of 19 families who cannot get into the facility, so donations are always welcome.

If you would like to help the Ronald McDonald House, you may visit their website at