McDonald’s and Customers Help Keep Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC Children, Families Together When They Need It Most

Moments of Togetherness McDonalds National Fundraiser

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

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 Greater Washington, DC 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 15th Annual National Fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) kicks off Tuesday, November 7 and continues through Sunday, November 19 in participating restaurants nationwide. Customers who visit a participating Greater Washington, DC area McDonald’s during this time can help support families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC 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 November 30, 2017 with no purchase required.


All fundraiser proceeds benefit RMHC, which helps keep families in local communities such as Greater Washington, DC area 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.

McDonald’s has supported RMHC programs around the world for over 43 years by facilitating fundraising in restaurants, donating expertise and resources and volunteering with local Chapters. 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 2010-2016, McDonald’s USA’s support of RMHC through penny per Happy Meal donations, the National Fundraiser, and restaurant Donation Boxes has raised more than $260 million in contributions to the charity.

Customers are encouraged to drop change into an RMHC Donation Box when they visit a McDonald’s restaurant any time of year, but especially on the Day of Change, which is usually held on/near October 15 to commemorate the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974.

RMHC has local Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions with 364 Ronald McDonald Houses, 219 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 50 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

People can also donate to RMHCDC online by visiting

About McDonald’s USA

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About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC)

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, a non-profit, 501 (C) (3), eases the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Through its three core programs: two Ronald McDonald Houses®, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles®; RMHCDC keeps families with sick children near each other and the medical care the children need at leading local hospitals. RMHCDC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit


Julie Lowe, Ronald McDonald House Charities
of Greater Washington, DC