Ms. Wohletz's list is a good one that deserves a little attention. So take a look at the great things McDonald's is up to - in ascending order of greatness:
5) A Swedish McDonald's gives burgers for recycling.
A McDonald's in Stockholm, Sweden is doing a test pilot for a program that allows customers to pay with "cards, cash and cans." Diners can take a store-provided trash bag, fill it with empty cans, and trade ten cans for a hamburger or cheeseburger or forty cans for a Big Mac.
4) McDonald's steps up during natural disasters.
McDonald's proved during Hurricane Katrina that the company could really come through. McDonald's committed millions of dollars to disaster-relief efforts, with Ronald McDonald House Charities taking in donations and the company providing housing, transportation and employment, as well as continued salaries, for staff displaced by the disaster. It also set up a 24/7 support center, provided emergency loans, and donated food and water to victims and relief workers.
3) McDonald's has some healthy menu items.
McDonald's ... offers some healthy menu items [alongside] the delicious ... and crispy, golden fries. The Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Premium McWrap, Buffalo Ranch McChicken sandwich, Premium Classic Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken are all ... low in fat and calories by fast-food standards.
2) Colorado McDonald's stores are highly educational.
According to Mitchell Sandoval, local McDonald's owners and operators support education and literacy programs including: Colorado PTA; One Book, One Denver Youth Literacy Program; One Book 4 Colorado Preschool Literacy Program (75,000 books given out to preschoolers this year because of McDonald's support); and more.
1) Ronald McDonald House Charities.
McDonald's deserves props for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), its charity of choice; a non-profit global network operating in in 52 countries through three programs: Ronald McDonald House (RMH), Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM). RMH offers housing and support for families of hospitalized children; RMFR provides accommodations for families of sick children to rest, do laundry and focus on their children; and RMCM clinics provide affordable health and dental care to children.
So next time you see McDonald's in the news... remember that those Golden Arches deserve a gold star for all the great things they do!