This November, McDonald’s® restaurants across the U.S. will host McHappy Day®, the company’s signature fundraising event for children and families in need. By visiting participating McDonald’s restaurants from November 10-20, supporters can join McDonald’s in raising funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). For the past seven years, McDonald’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $150 million for RMHC and other children’s causes worldwide through support from McDonald’s customers, employees, owner/operators and suppliers.
To commemorate McHappy Day, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House program, RMHC will break ground on what will be the 300th Ronald McDonald House on Friday, November 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. The new House, scheduled to open in September 2010, will join Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries and regions and will serve as a “home away from home” for families whose children are going through medical treatment in nearby hospitals.
“We’re proud of our long-standing support of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and our shared commitment to the happiness and well-being of children and families around the world,” said Don Thompson, president, McDonald’s USA. “Now more than ever, we understand just how critical the Charity’s services are to families in need. By helping to ‘Give A Hand®’ during McHappy Day this November, RMHC can continue expanding its programs and services to even more children and families.”
Supporters can participate in McHappy Day at McDonald’s through the following in-restaurant and online programs:
“Give A Hand” for RMHC at Participating McDonald’s Restaurants
Starting today through November 20, customers can show their support for the Charity through the annual “Give A Hand” in-restaurant fundraising program. Paper Hands will be sold for $1 each at participating McDonald’s restaurants, with all proceeds going to RMHC. In addition, when customers visit participating McDonald’s restaurants on November 20, $1 from the sale of select menu items will be donated to RMHC.
Here are a few ways to give your support to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
- Download the “Give A Hand for Ronald McDonald House Charities” Facebook application and share Hands online in support of RMHC.In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s USA will donate $1 per Hand shared online to RMHC, up to 35,000 Hands. Visit www.facebook.com/giveahand to learn more!
- McHappy Day comes to life at participating McDonald’s restaurants November 10 – 20, when customers can purchase a paper “Give A Hand” for $1, with proceeds benefitting the Charity. In addition, on Nov. 20, participating McDonald’s restaurants will donate $1 from the sale of select menu items to RMHC.
- Visit www.aboutmcdonalds.com/
McHappyDayto download McHappy Day images to use as your profile or avatar photo on social networking sites, or place the images on your blog or website to support RMHC and encourage others to visit the website and learn more.