This year has been hard on many and nonprofits are not immune.
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas depends on its annual Trains at NorthPark exhibit for much-needed operational funds, but effects of the pandemic have cut into that money.
Officials with the Ronald McDonald House said they have seen a 67% decline in visitors this year and a $200,000 decrease in ticket sales. They said they will have to look elsewhere for the funds that equate to providing a minimum of two weeks accommodation, food and support for at least 52 families with children who are in the hospital.
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The Trains at NorthPark is the biggest fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House and has been a major source of support for families of seriously ill children for more than 30 years.
From RMHD regarding safety at the event:
Precautions in place for COVID-19 adhere to state and local government guidelines, including masks for staff, volunteers, and guests, except for those under three. Interaction is limited for safety, with the attraction only allowing one-way traffic and restricted capacities, as well as regular and rigorous cleanings. Families who have visited the event this year have been thrilled to find it open and experience first-hand the glittering and intricately detailed cityscapes like Dallas, New York and San Francisco and other highlights like New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, and Route 66.
The Trains at NorthPark will be open through Jan. 3, 2021.
If you don't want to attend personally, you can also support the event through the virtual raffle.