EFFINGHAM, Ill. (October 31, 2017) – With Veteran’s Day approaching, this is the time of the year we are reminded of our military. McDonald’s® local owner/operators of Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington want to continue to show their gratitude to our military through the third annual “Buy One. Give One. McCafé® Coffee for Our Military” program.
Last year, McDonald’s owner-operators from across the country participated in the annual “Buy One, Give One. McCafé® Coffee for Our Military” program. McDonald’s restaurants located in Central Illinois, Louisville, Ky. and Salisbury, Md. partnered together and donated more than 1.5 million cups of McCafé Coffee and incorporated over 10,300 handwritten letters from the area schools to accompany the care packages.
For every cup of coffee sold from October 30 through November 12, McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington will match it, and send a cup to our active and veteran military members. The McCafé coffee will be sent in the form of fresh coffee grounds, so our military personnel can brew it fresh wherever they would like.
To help package and distribute the McCafé coffee overseas, the local owner/operators are partnering with Operation Gratitude out of Van Nuys, California. Operation Gratitude assembles over 250,000 care packages annually to not only say “Thank You,” but also lift the spirits of our active and veteran military personnel.
Along with the coffee donation, a selection of letters and/or pictures from Central Illinois-area schools will be included in every care package. Every school in the area will have the opportunity to create and write special notes to include with the McCafé coffee being sent in the care packages.
“We are very excited to kick off our “Buy One, Give One. McCafé Coffee for Our Military program for the fourth consecutive year, “said Gary Birschbach, McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Illinois Co-Op President. “Our military personnel are so important to us, and we are extremely grateful for everything they have done for our communities. We hope that our McCafé coffee and letter donation continues to touch many of our active and veteran military personnel.”
Stop into any local McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Illinois location from October 30 – November 12 and enjoy a cup of McCafé coffee.