Rioters in Chicago attacked a Ronald McDonald House Monday morning while sick children and families slept inside. No one inside the house was injured, and no scheduled appointments or treatments were missed because of the incident. No damage was caused to the inside of the facility.
Looting and rioting began Sunday night with smashed facility windows. The charity responded by boarding its front doors to prevent more damage.
"We're here for families at all times – whether there's a pandemic or civil unrest, we need to make sure that we are here allowing families to get the rest they need while they have a child in the hospital seeking care, and so it's so important that anything that might be going on outside, we maintain our care for families," Lisa Mitchell of Ronald McDonald House said.
Ronald McDonald House provides shelter and resources to needy families while their child receives treatment at local hospitals.
"They are already in a really, really difficult spot, and having this kind of additional stress and worry about getting to and from the hospital, even though we are five blocks away, because of safety concerns is just doubling the strain," Mitchell said.
More than 100 people were arrested and 13 officers were injured in Chicago over Sunday night and Monday morning. The Chicago police superintendent says the rioting and looting was a coordinated response to a police shooting in Chicago on Sunday.