Spare Change Donations Fill RMHCA Donation Boxes at McDonald’s to Help Strengthen Families with Critically-ill Children
LITTLE ROCK, AR, (October 7, 2016) –Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) is celebrating its annual Day of Change and 36 years of keeping families close. RMHCA invites individuals, businesses and community groups to support local families with critically-ill children by visiting participating Central Arkansas McDonald’s locations between 7-9 am on October 7 and donating their spare change in the restaurant’s Donation Boxes.
Throughout 2015, coins donated locally through the Donation Box program totaled more than $145,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. The funds collected are used to support families with children facing medical crises. A full Donation Box sponsors one night at a Ronald McDonald House for a family while their child receives medical treatment in a nearby hospital.
“A simple act of kindness at the front counter or drive through is a powerful gift for local RMHC families,” said Janell Mason, Exectutive Director of RMHCA. “For families with children in need of critical medical care, the thought of being more than a few steps from the hospital seems just too far. A person’s spare change combined with that of their neighbors can add up to make a big difference for these families. It keeps them close to each other and to the care and resources their child needs.”
On October 7, from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Ronald McDonald House volunteers will be collecting change in the drive-through lines at a number of Central Arkansas McDonald’s locations, The spare change helps parents remain close to their children and get higher quality of sleep so they can be better equipped to make important medical decisions. McDonald’s customers who participate in Day of Change are encouraged to share photos to show how they helped support RMHC on social media using #forRMHC. (On October 7th and everyday)