TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's restaurants will be donating more than $950,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) throughout the state. The funds were raised during a recent Drive Thru Challenge held by McDonald's restaurants in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina. Local McDonald's restaurants engaged in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most donations for RMHC. They surpassed their goal and raised $1.23 million across the southeast markets to support their local RMHC houses. The RMHC funds raised per market are: Central Florida more than $550,000, South Florida more than $315,000 and North Florida nearly $89,000.
"We are extremely proud of the effort of our owner/operators and immensely grateful to our customers who donated to RMHC. This Drive Thru Challenge proved to be amazing and truly enabled us to step up as partners during this critical time," says Chris Frost, Tampa Bay Area Franchisee.
As a result of COVID-19, local RMHC Chapters have suffered a significant loss in funding and donations, and this initiative aimed to offset this loss. In an effort to help families in need, local restaurants increased awareness of the "Round Up for RMHC" program though Drive Thru orders from July 6 through Aug. 16. Each time someone ordered through the Drive Thru, they had the opportunity to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar or choose to give $1, $3 or $5 for RMHC.
"McDonald's customers have always been critical in raising funds for families staying at local Ronald McDonald Houses while their children receive life-saving medical treatment," says Lisa Suprenand the Executive Director for the RMHC of Tampa Bay. "Through the generous support of partners like McDonald's and its customers, we are able to provide a place of healing for families when they need it most. During this time of crisis, being a part of the McDonald's family and this donation means even more."
The Florida RMHC Chapters provide a supportive "home-away-from-home" for families and their children who are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. They provide guest families with all the comforts of home – plus a local support network – so they can focus on their children's healing.
This financial support is one way McDonald's continues to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and its network of local chapters.
About McDonald's Restaurants Across the Southeast:
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 275 Chapters in more than 65 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with ill or injured children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children's care. For more information, visit rmhc.org. Follow RMHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
SOURCE McDonald's - Southeast Region