As you know, we have a leap year nearly every four years. We see this as an extra day to do good. Tell a family member you love them, call a friend who lives far away to catch up or help a stranger. Whatever you do be thankful for the extra day you have.
On this day, we’re giving you the opportunity to give a little extra to our Ronald McDonald House food pantry, called Mary’s Pantry. We strive to offer RMHC families a place to rest and eat hot meals and snacks. It’s our desire to provide them enough rest and the right nutrition so they can be strong for their child.
By the way, every dollar you donate doubles!
(Click this hyperlink above and click the “Mary’s Pantry Endowment Fund” tab to learn more.)
A generous local partner wants to help the Ronald McDonald House raise $150,000 for Mary’s Pantry Endowment Fund. They’ve committed to matching every dollar that you donate up to $75,000. When you give a dollar…it becomes two. Once the goal has been met, the income generated from the endowment fund will purchase the needed food for families all year long.
It happens every time you’re at McDonald’s…
You see the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) Donation Box with loose change in it and a few dollar bills. Maybe you donate your nickels and dimes every time, or maybe you’ve considered it and never took the next step. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why people might hesitate to put a donation in the Donation Boxes. People have certain questions like, “Where does the money really go?” and “Is it really going to make a difference anyways?”
Without further ado, your questions are about to be answered. We want to turn your hesitations into donation celebrations!
Where does the money go?
Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974, you can say we’ve expanded a little (o.k. – a lot!). Today, there are over 300 Houses throughout the United States and world, with local chapters in 52 countries and regions.
Since RMHC is a large non-profit organization, you may think your spare change donation looks microscopic in the scheme of things. False! Did you know that each House is independently operated? Here at RMHC of Greater Chattanooga, the 51 surrounding area McDonald’s Restaurants donate all their Donation Box change to our House! Meaning, the money stays LOCAL. It doesn’t get lost globally and you can know right where your money is going! One full box takes care of one night’s expense for a family who needs our “home away from home” when their child is in the hospital.
Just how powerful is the small change dropped into the Donation Box?
1. If every McDonald’s customer dropped a penny into an RMHC Donation Box every time they visited McDonald’s more than $250 million would be raised to support RMHC children and families around the world.*
2. A full Donation Box could let a family stay together at a Ronald McDonald House for up to one night while their child receives care at a nearby hospital.*
3. A full Donation Box could provide a child with a medical check-up in a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.*
4. Change in the Donation Boxes can give families a place to rest in a Ronald McDonald Family Room, just steps from their child’s hospital bed.*
The RMHC Donation Boxes are RMHC’s largest ongoing fundraisers. It’s from people like you filling the Donation Boxes with quarters, dimes and nickels. Last year alone, more than $50 million was collected worldwide*.
Show your support when you see a Donation Box at a McDonald’s by dropping in your spare change. Spread the word and suggest to your friends and family that they do the same.
*Information found on official global RMHC website