Everything You Need To Know About Donation Boxes…


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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


A House of Hereos


We house Hereos. It’s no secret that moms are Superwomen. They’re incredible in every way and notably stronger and loving than most humans. Their job offers no breaks and happens to be every day of the week. They know what you’re thinking before you say it, protect you when you feel threatened, and put you before themselves. They don’t need a batsignal in the sky to accomplish a mission.

We have the strongest mothers that come and go at Ronald McDonald House Charities®. Whether they are here because their child is ill or injured across the street or they happen to be volunteering. They are world changers and encouragers. Giving up on anything isn’t a consideration of theirs.

Here are just a few of the many incredible mothers’ who are apart of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga:

1.) They are thankful!


Mother, Yesica, stayed with us when Melody was being taken care of for hypernatremia. She was so thankful for being able to walk across the street and be in arms reach of her beautiful little girl each day.


2.) They pay it forward!


When daughter, Molly, was receiving treatments for cancer, her mother, Angelica, and the rest of her family stayed close by. They were so appreciative for being able to stay with us that they wanted to embrace our infamous motto of “paying it forward” by cooking lunch for the other families. Molly’s big sister, Jackie, and mom made an authentic Mexican dish!


3.) They volunteer!


Mothers from Modern Woodmen brought their children to plant flowers for our courtyard! They’ve taught them from a young age the importance of supporting the local community and helping others.