ISELIN, N.J., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is celebrating its annual Day of Change and more than 40 years of keeping families close. Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area ("RMHC NYTSA") invites individuals, businesses and community groups to support local families with critically-ill children by visiting participating McDonald's on October 15th and dropping spare change into a RMHC Donation Box.
Throughout 2014, coins donated globally through the Donation Box program totaled more than $54 million in support of nearly six million children and families. The RMHC Day of Change is the Charity's annual call to action to support families with children facing medical crises and also the Charity's college scholarship program. A full Donation Box could mean one night at a Ronald McDonald House for a family while their child receives medical treatment; meals and snacks and a comfortable place to rest just steps from a child in the NICU, inside a hospital in a Ronald McDonald Family Room; or financial support for an aspiring college student with an RMHC scholarship.
"A simple act of kindness at the front counter is a powerful gift for local RMHC families," said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC NYTSA. "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."
McDonald's customers who participate in Day of Change are encouraged to share photos and how they helped to support RMHC on social media using #DayofChange.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children's charities in the areas of the arts, education, medicine, crisis intervention, as well as social and civic services. The organization also provides needed support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are "homes away from home" allowing families to be with their hospitalized children for extended periods of time. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org.
McDonald's New York Tri-State Area
McDonald's is one of the world's best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are more than 600 McDonald's restaurants, owned by over 100 franchisees, located throughout the New York Tri-State Area, New Jersey, and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Visit www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for information about other McDonald's area program. For additional information visit www.sabiasquemcdny.com a program focused on sharing facts about McDonald's good food.
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