SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Every Happy Meal® that is sold at all 98 McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington locations on Saturday, Oct. 28 will include a handwritten thank you card from a family that has stayed at the Ronald McDonald House as a way to show appreciation to local McDonald’s customers for their support year-round.
Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s owner/operators donate select proceeds from every Happy Meal purchase throughout the year to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI). This donation, along with additional support from generous McDonald’s customers, helps the Ronald McDonald House serve nearly 1,500 families annually from around the world.
“RMHCCI was founded to provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities,” RMHCCI Executive Director, Kelly Thompson, said. “The generosity of volunteers, donors, and our local McDonald’s owner/operators and customers make it possible for the Ronald McDonald House to keep families close, regardless of their ability to pay.”
“We appreciate the generosity of our customers and want to make sure they understand the local impact they are making year-round with each Happy Meal purchase,” Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator and President of the Central Illinois Co-Op, Gary Birschbach, said. “We hope the handwritten thank you cards will put a smile on the faces of those making a difference.”