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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Helping families heal together. A labor of love since 1974.

At McDonald's, we care about the well being of children and families. In 1974, we helped open the first Ronald McDonald House — a “home-away-from-home” just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children. To this day, we stand by RMHC in their mission to provide children with support, stability, and the best medicine of all — their families. Each year, McDonald's proudly helps RMHC impact the lives of nearly 9 million children — both in your community and around the world.

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Every penny counts

Every time you buy a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, McDonald's donates a penny to support RMHC programs and services, including: Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Helping is easy

Because we know you care about the well being of children as much as we do, we offer a number of other opportunities for our customers to also support RMHC.

Throughout the year, you can find RMHC Donation Boxes in participating restaurants, where you can contribute directly to RMHC every time you visit. No donation is too small, and every contribution provides strength, hope and healing to families to help their children thrive. In 2014, RMHC Donation Boxes alone raised $27.2 million for RMHC families through your generosity.

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During our National lovin’ #forRMHC Fundraiser, you can show lovin’ by donating directly to RMHC and purchasing a “Heart” for $1, $3, or $5 when you visit a participating McDonald's restaurant. This year, the fundraiser is May 1-10, 2015. You can also donate by visiting online.

Since 2004, our customers have donated $45 million to support RMHC families through our annual fundraisers alone. It takes about $60 to keep one family close. Through your donations, RMHC has been able to help more than 380,000 families stay by their sick child’s side. Together, they’re able to cope better and heal.

You can also participate in the RMHC Day of Change–a one-day fundraising event where you’re encouraged to visit a participating McDonald's Restaurant and help fill the RMHC Donation Boxes. This year's event is October 15, 2015–marking the anniversary of the opening of the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.

Thank you in advance

At McDonald's, giving is a part of our culture. So whether you're dropping spare change in a RMHC Donation Box, buying a "Heart", or purchasing a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, you're helping to keep families together during the times they need each other most.

RMHC is at the heart of McDonald's, and together with customers and RMHC supporters like you, together we support RMHC and give back to the communities we serve and make a real difference.


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