McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii gives back to the community
For 50 years, McDonald’s has been serving our islands, but not only food. If you’ve ever visited a McDonald’s, you probably noticed the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Hawaii canisters at the cash registers and drive-thru. Donations help hundreds of families and their keiki needing medical treatment each year, providing a home-away-from-home for the seriously ill.
While on Oahu for a child’s medical treatments, families stay at a Ronald McDonald House with comfortable and secure accommodations, as well as receive transportation to and from hospitals. RMHC has two Ronald McDonald Houses with a total of 17 guest rooms, accommodating about 950 individuals a year. While many of the young patients are being treated for birth-related conditions, the House also supports families whose children are fighting cancer, heart problems, organ failure, major physical trauma and other life–threatening conditions.
RMHC supports approximately 400 families a year and could not do it without the generous support of donations. Besides RMHC, McDonald’s has been reinvesting in the community with other initiatives, including STEM education through the Hawaii FIRST Regional Robotics Competition. Other initiatives by individual franchise owners on Oahu and the neighbor islands include youth sports and educational programs.
So how did RMHC begin its partnership with McDonald’s? Nationally, the partnership between McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities and its programs dates back to the inception of the charitable organization in Philadelphia. It started with an unlikely partnership between an NFL team, a children’s hospital, and McDonald’s. This collaboration resulted in the creation of the first home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children in 1973.
McDonald’s of Hawaii has been instrumental in supporting RMHC with the help of its generous customer donations through McDonald’s in-store canister collection. There are also on-going fundraising efforts, plus McDonald’s crew members are always eager to volunteer.
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