McDonald’s and customers help keep families close when they need it most

Company seeks to raise $5 million through annual fundraiser benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities

Charleston, W.Va.,– With the Season of Giving upon us, and as families everywhere make plans to spend quality time together over the holidays, McDonald’s customers in the Tri-State area can help families who must travel great distances to seek treatment for their seriously ill children, by allowing them to stay close to one another as well. McDonald’s of the Tri-State covers Central W.Va., Southeastern Oh., and Eastern Ky.

McDonald’s 14th Annual National Fundraiser benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) kicked off Tuesday, Nov. 1 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 13 in participating restaurants nationwide. Customers who visit one of the 93 local participating McDonald’s during this time can take part and support families staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Charleston and in Huntington, W.Va., by making a donation in $1, $3 or $5 denominations. In return, they will receive a “thank you” coupon for a free small fries or hash browns, good for use on their next visit through Nov. 30 with no purchase required.

All fundraiser proceeds benefit RMHC, which helps keep families in local communities close to each other and the care and resources they need when they have a sick child. Event organizers hope to raise $5 million for the Charity this year.

“We’re proud to be able to support Ronald McDonald House Charities both locally and nationally with this fundraiser. It’s always amazing to come in and see the walls lined with the names of generous people who were willing to donate,” said Chris Connolly, President of McDonald’s of the Tri-State.

With over 42 years of support from McDonald’s, its customers, and other organizations, funding for RMHC comes not only through McDonald’s National Fundraiser event, but also from customer donations to restaurant RMHC Donation Boxes, ongoing donations from Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal sales, as well as various other initiatives and organizations. Throughout the year, McDonald’s customers can find RMHC Donation Boxes at the front counter and in drive-thrus at participating restaurants. No donation is too small, and every contribution makes a difference. From 2010-2015, McDonald’s USA’s support of RMHC through penny per Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal donations, the National Fundraiser, and restaurant Donation Boxes has raised more than $220 million in contributions to the Charity.

In the United States, RMHC operates 180 Ronald McDonald Houses, 124 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 38 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles. This year, donations to RMHC have helped open five new Ronald McDonald Houses, nine new Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and one new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. People can also donate to RMHC online by visiting

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s of the Tri-State area is comprised of 93 restaurants in eastern Kentucky, southeastern Ohio and central and southern West Virginia. Ninety-nine percent of the restaurants in this area are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. Get up to date information on McDonald’s of the Tri-State by following on Twitter, @McD_TriState or by liking us on Facebook.

McDonald’s USA, LLC is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information about McDonald’s visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 290 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide

RMHC provides compassionate care and resources to children and families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs provide access to quality health care and enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care. For more information, visit

Company seeks to raise $5 million through annual fundraiser benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities