McDonald's fill shoes with record-breaking dough for local children
Local McDonald's restaurants hosted the fifth annual "Fill Ronald McDonald's Shoes" fundraiser in stores Aug. 2 through 16, and with the help of customers, raised a record $86,300 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The program involved the sale of paper cutouts of Ronald McDonald shoes for $1, which customers wrote their names on and posted inside each restaurant. The fundraiser is executed by 150 restaurants in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts each year in the spirit of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, who was passionate about giving back to the community.
All the money raised through this program remains with the local RMHC chapter. Through its grant making, RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts donates the funds collected to local organizations that help children and families live healthier and happier lives.
"Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations dedicated to improving children's lives," said Daniel Ashburn, President of RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. "We are so grateful for the tremendous donation that resulted from the sale of the Ronald McDonald shoes, as the money will help many children whether they're at school, in a hospital or served by another organization that receives funding from RMHC."
So far this year, RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts has awarded more than $237,000 to organizations throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, including:
Camp Jonathan in Watertown
Camp Shriver/The Arc of Greater Enfield
The Children's Home of Cromwell
Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton
Educational Resources for Children in Enfield
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme
Hospital for Special Care in New Britain
Lebanon Elementary School
The Lions Club of New Britain
My Sister's Place in Hartford
Police Activity League of Waterbury
Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut in New Haven
SARAH Inc./KIDSTEPS in Guilford
Soul Friends in Wallingford
The Umbrella Program in Ansonia
West Haven Community House Association
Boy Scouts of America, Western Massachusetts Council in Chicopee
Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut in New London
Yale Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in New Haven
Your Place: Youth Center in New Haven
RMHC also makes quarterly contributions to the Ronald McDonald Houses in both Springfield and New Haven.
Since 1988, RMHC of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts has provided more than $6 million to over 400 non-profit organizations, helping thousands of area children lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. For more information about RMHC or to apply for a grant, call Carole Bowman at (860) 659-0514 or visit www.rmhc-ctma.org