McDonald’s of Tri-State donates $188,000

After a long campaign involving 93 restaurants, the McDonald’s Owner and Operators Association of the Tri-State area has recently donated a total of $188,000 to local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) chapters.

The money was raised by a coupon book campaign that the stores participated in. Restaurants sold $2 books that featured information on the RMHC and had a collection of coupons valued at $15.

The donation was split evenly between RMHC of Southern West Virginia, located in Charleston, W.Va. and RMHC of the Tri-State, located in Huntington, W.Va.

Area stores owned by local Bruce Parsley participated, including Portsmouth, Rosemount, and Wheelersburg.

“I just love participating in these types of fundraisers,” Ray Shonkwiler, Portsmouth McDonald’s general manager, said. “Portsmouth McDonald’s hosts several fundraisers and events throughout the year, each one with the goal of helping children. All of us— my staff, those in the corporate ladder, and myself— understand the importance of giving back and helping raise the next generation to become happy and healthy leaders of tomorrow. This campaign is just one way we like to help.”

According to Ronald McDonald House Charities, the money will be used to provide a “home away from home” for families of sick children in the area at little to no cost.

“RMHC believes that when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed,” a release from McDonald’s of the Tri-State read.

To learn more about how assistance can be given to Ronald McDonald House Charities the you can help, visit or your local chapter website.

By Joseph Pratt

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