McDonalds gets into the spirit with its #McGiveBack campaign this holiday benefiting the community with Pennies for Pounds, RMHC’s Scholars Scholarship, and Veteran’s Day.
Thank you to McDonalds of North Texas for giving to the community and partnership with this sponsored post.
‘Tis the season for giving and the Golden Arches is giving out more than Happy Meals and Big Macs this November.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018
This Sunday, Nov. 11, the North Texas Owners of McDonald’s are honoring the selfless individuals who have given their lives to protect our country through service in the U.S. military. All active military and veterans can choose a complementary breakfast meal of their choice on Sunday, Nov. 11 when they visit their local McDonald’s. So help spread the word or take you favorite military service person or vet for breakfast to say thank you for all you’ve done to keep our country safe.
Pennies for Pounds
Those legendary french fries always bring a smile to your face, this November you have reason to smile even more with Pennies for Pounds. For every pound of french fries sold, McDonald’s in North Texas will donate two cents to the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities.
While many families thankfully don’t have to be impacted directly by the RMHC, you never know when you will. For instance, when Jackson was born with a CHD, as new parents we spent months at Children’s Medical Center (now Children Health.) While we were just a few miles from the hospital, there were parents just like us in the Heart Center, going through the same as us, that were too far from home and would sleep on recliners and bathe in a hospital bathroom.
One family we met from South America did this for months just hoping to get the best care for their children. However, this happens way more than you think it does, picking up their lives to care for their kids. Many times parents would leave their job to be with their child at the hospital or even worst, families were split, with one parent at the hospital, and another parent at home to take care of the other kids or keep at least one job. Already serving 38,000 families since its opening, the RMHC helps families like these to stay together during times like these by offering a housing for families with 52 private bedrooms and six transplant apartments. Additionally, the House contains everything to make life possible when families are going through so much at a hospital including:
- multiple playrooms for kids of all ages and interests
- a library
- media room
- craft room
- meditation garden
- outdoor play areas
- Additionally two large communal kitchens and dining room provide opportunities for the families to share the evening meal, which is provided 3 times a day by community volunteers, or to prepare their own food if they choose.
While the RMH is a wonderful place it takes much more to operate an offering of this size, it’s the hundreds of volunteers that support the RMHD’s annual operations and fundraising activities to serving families at the House, preparing meals, and hosting organized activities that keep life going when some much of your world can seem to be falling apart. While families are asked to give just $15 per night to stay, no one is ever turned away.
RMHC’s Scholars Scholarship
The only way I was able to go to college was through scholarships and this is still the case for thousands of families in North Texas. The Ronald McDonald House Charities® U.S. Scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities. Scholarships are awarded by the local Ronald McDonald House Charities®, with support from Ronald McDonald House Charities® Global and McDonald’s Corporation. Students are selected, and awards are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement/leadership and financial need. Since 1988, RMHC of Greater North Texas has awarded 1,555 scholarships to high school seniors totaling $2,354,500.
This month when you roll in the drive thru window or come in to grab a quick bite, you can feel a little extra that McDonald’s is giving more to the community.