CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local nonprofit that helps families with children receiving long-term medical treatment with housing has gotten a boost.

On Monday, the T-Mobile Foundation donated $5,000 to the Yellow Door Foundation.

According to a release, Yellow Door provides long-term lodging for the families of immunocompromised pediatric patients, giving them a home away from home while their children receive care at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

Often, when a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the whole family will have to relocate so the child can get care.

However, Yellow Door says more than 50 percent of such families are unable to afford long-term lodging.

With the help of donors and volunteers, Yellow Door steps up to make sure families have a place to stay in Charlottesville for free.

The release says Monday’s donation will be used to provide meals to families that are currently staying in Yellow Door apartments as well as operational costs. It will also help sponsor one of the eight apartments the organization has.

Since 2018, Yellow Door has provided more than 8,700 free nights of lodging to families in support of more than 100 pediatric patients. On average, these families have traveled 123 miles for care and stayed 86 days.

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