You can support families using our Family Room at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital with a meal or fun event. Need an option other than meal time? Schedule an afternoon Cookie Break or Block Party. The Cookie Break treats you bake will be a comforting snack for the families staying near their child in the hospital. Pick up tubs of commercially prepared dough and get creative – bring prepared icing and sprinkles for a decorating party. You bring the dough and bakers; we have cookie sheets and an oven. Or, you can help us put the ART in pARTy! Kids love making and creating great art and craft—the real deal. Consider a Home Depot project, jewelry, knot blankets, duct tape creations and more. Pick a theme, project and bring some party food. Bigger the project, the better!


Before proceeding, for the comfort and safety of our families and guests, please review our full guidelines before completing the form. The maximum number that may participate cannot exceed five people. Group volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone who has a communicable illness, has had cold or flu symptoms in the last five days, or has been exposed to an infectious disease within the past 48 hours may not volunteer.

Food Preparation Guidelines:

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital only accepts catered/commercially prepared meals. You may not bring any home-cooked foods to serve. Food cannot be cooked in the Ronald McDonald Family Room kitchen inside MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Plan to feed about 60 people. When menu planning, be sensitive to the unique population we serve. Please provide a vegetarian/non-meat option and if bringing a raw vegetable dish (i.e. salad) also provide cooked vegetables. When serving a pork entrée, please provide an alternate protein.


The schedule is the best way to see what dates are available for your group to volunteer at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. You may view the calendar only, and indicate your dates of choice when completing your request. Once you’ve read the guidelines and checked the dates, please fill out the online Family Activity Form.


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