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Board members break ground for new Ronald McDonald House

Toledo News Now's Melissa Andrews is on the Ronald McDonald House board and took part in the groundbreaking, alongside other board members. Toledo News Now's Melissa Andrews is on the Ronald McDonald House board and took part in the groundbreaking, alongside other board members.
A rendering of the new house. A rendering of the new house.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Groundbreaking for the new Ronald McDonald House took place Tuesday. The new house will be built across the street from the current location on Monroe Street and is expected to house twice as many families.  

It's an $8 million project that's being funded by a number of donors.

The new Ronald McDonald House will have 28 rooms, serving twice as many families as the current house, which has 14 rooms. Combining both houses, more families will be served in the Glass City.

Organizers expect the new house to serve the community for at least 50 years.

"There is a need and it's proven that children do better during their hospital stays if their families are close," explained board chairman Gary Yunker.

The new house will be named after Yunker and his wife. The pair played a vital role in getting the first house established more than 30 years ago.

The project is expected to be complete in June 2015.

Click here to learn how you can support the Ronald McDonald House.

Related:

Ronald McDonald House needs your help to expand

Ronald McDonald House launches campaign to build new house

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