by Jan Gunter
Perhaps you have noticed those donation boxes at the counter or the drive-up window of McDonald’s. And just maybe you have wondered how a penny here and a nickel there can possibly make any difference; and maybe you’ve wondered where that money actually goes. (But before you read on, you might want to scroll down and take a look at the cute kid at the end of this post!)
So here’s the deal: those pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters added up to almost $100,000 last year in the Austin area alone, and over $25 million nationwide! That is a lot of small change adding up to make a really big difference! The other cool thing is this: When you drop your spare change in a donation box here in Austin, that money stays local to support families who use the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Austin. That also means if you donate in Akron or Amarillo or Atlanta, the money stays local there as well and supports families at the nearest Ronald McDonald House.
Two weeks from today, on June 1, we are inviting you to join us in taking your spare change to your nearest McDonald’s and dropping it into a donation box there. Or you could bring it here to us at the Ronald McDonald House. Please visit the event on our Facebook page and RSVP to let us know you want to be part of this nationwide event!
Our commitment to you is that the spare change you donate will be added to the spare change that everyone else donates, and it will make a tremendous difference for families when their children are facing pediatric medical crisis. Logan and Brandee Crum (and hundreds of other families just like them) thank you!
Have you ever donated your spare change at McDonald’s – or somewhere else for another charity?