In Honor of National Dental Hygiene Month Philadelphia McDonald's® Restaurants Will Collect Toothbrushes for Children Toothbrushes to benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, which delivers dental care at no cost to Philadelphia's Children

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, McDonald's® Restaurants in Philadelphia are holding toothbrush collection drives throughout October.  As part of the collection drive, customers who donate packaged toothbrushes will receive a coupon for a free McDonald's Milk Jug, one per customer, per visit.

All toothbrushes collected will benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and McDonald's will kick-off the collection with $100 worth of toothbrushes. Supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Philadelphia Region, Inc., and operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a two-chair clinic on wheels that provides diagnostic, preventative and restorative dental care to qualified new patients ages 1 to 8 at no cost to their families.

This June, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile celebrated a milestone as it served its 10,000th patient. Since 2005, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile has treated more than 10,000 children in Philadelphia with services valued at more than $2 million based on the fees charged by the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Dental Clinic.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in Philadelphia was officially launched in 2001 and provided medical screenings to children. After significant research, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile narrowed its focus to pediatric dentistry in response to the growing need for children's dental care in the city of Philadelphia.

Care includes examinations, cleanings, fluoride and sealant treatments, x-rays and fillings. Care Mobile staff will also provide children with dental hygiene instruction. Complicated treatment will be referred. Children qualify for the program if their families are unable to find a Medicaid provider or cannot afford to pay for dental services. For appointments call (215) 427-8877.

About McDonald's

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. There are nearly 300 McDonald's restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  For more information on McDonald's visit www.mcdonalds.com or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. Visit www.mcstate.com for local restaurant, career and program information.  Follow us on Twitter @McDPhilly for the latest news, info, events and promotions, and find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Shannon Wilson
Tierney
215-790-4391
swilson@tierneyagency.com

SOURCE McDonald's of the Greater Philadelphia Region



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