McDONALD’S AND CUSTOMERS HELP KEEP INTERMOUNTAIN AREA CHILDREN, FAMILIES CLOSE WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST
Local McDonald’s restaurants and Salt Lake-based RMHC Chapter look for $80,000 locally, now through November 19th.
With the Season of Giving upon us, and as families everywhere make plans to spend quality time together over the holidays, McDonald’s customers in Utah, western Wyoming and eastern Nevada can help families who must travel great distances to seek treatment for their seriously ill children, by allowing them to stay close to one another as well.
McDonald’s fifteen annual National Fundraiser benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 7 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 19 in participating restaurants nationwide. Customers who visit a McDonald’s in Utah, western Wyoming or eastern Nevada during this time can participate and support families staying at the Salt Lake City-based Ronald McDonald House by making a donation in $1, $3 or $5 denominations. In return, they will receive a “thank you” coupon for a free small fries or hash browns, good for use on their next visit through Nov. 30 with no purchase required.
All fundraiser proceeds benefit RMHC, which helps keep families in local communities close to each other and the care and resources they need when they have a sick child. Event organizers hope to raise $5 million for the Charity this year.
“We are always excited to be part of the annual RMHC Fundraiser. We are so grateful at how our communities rally to help us support the charity at our local restaurants in the Intermountain area. Please come purchase a hand for $1, $3 or $5 from your local McDonald’s restaurant November 1-13 and help us keep families together.” – Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Rob Sparrer.
With over 42 years of support from McDonald’s, its customers, and other organizations, funding for RMHC comes not only through McDonald’s National Fundraiser event, but also from customer donations to restaurant RMHC Donation Boxes, ongoing donations from Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal sales, as well as various other initiatives and organizations. In Utah, western Wyoming and eastern Nevada, restaurants also donate over $100,000 a year to RMHC of the Intermountain Area through the Fries for Families Campaign. Throughout the year, McDonald’s customers can find RMHC Donation Boxes at the front counter and in drive-thrus at participating restaurants. No donation is too small, and every contribution makes a difference. From 2010-2016, McDonald’s USA’s support of RMHC through penny per Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal donations, the National Fundraiser, and restaurant Donation Boxes has raised more than $220 million in contributions to the Charity.
“Last year in Utah we generated over $73,000 to support RMHC of the Intermountain Area at our local McDonald’s restaurants through this fundraiser,” said Carrie Romano, executive director of local charity. “Through our two core programs, the Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®, we will serve over 10,000 families locally this year.”
In the United States, RMHC operates 180 Ronald McDonald Houses, 124 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 38 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles. This year, donations to RMHC have helped open five new Ronald McDonald Houses, nine new Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and one new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
People can also donate to RMHC online by visiting rmhc.org/donate.
About McDonald’s USA and Intermountain McDonald’s (Utah, western Wyoming and eastern Nevada)
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Almost 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. All 128 McDonald’s restaurants in Utah, western Wyoming and eastern Nevada are locally owned and operated. In Utah, the local McDonald’s restaurants annually feed more than $83.6 million into the Utah economy and employ 6,300 people.
Customers can log-in online for free at participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s. For information on local special events and offerings at Utah McDonald’s, please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mcdonalds_utah or on the local Facebook page for your neighborhood restaurant.
About RMHC of the Intermountain Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) surrounds families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together – because togetherness heals.
Since 1988, we have helped families to stay close – in a place that feels like home through our two core programs: Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child for days, weeks even months. The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers parents a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just steps from their child’s bedside.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseutah.org or call 801.363.4663.