Local fast-food chain raises funds for state Ronald McDonald Houses

May 02, 2013

There’s nothing stronger than a mother’s love — an embracing hug, a tender kiss or comforting words of encouragement. This love and support are even more crucial for seriously ill children whose healthy outcome depends on having loved ones nearby.

This year, McDonald’s is offering a meaningful way to honor moms across Maine and eastern New Hampshire through a donation to one of Maine’s Ronald McDonald Houses located in Portland and Bangor. Rockland and Thomaston locations are among the participants in the fundraiser.

There are two ways for people to honor their mothers or that someone special in their lives. From May 1-12, celebrate with McDonald’s by purchasing a $1 paper flower, filling in a name and posting it in the restaurant. Or make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House anytime between May 1-10, and a card will be sent letting them know a donation has been made in their honor. Go to the rmhportland.org or rmhbangor.org Mother’s Day webpage and click on the Make a Donation button.

Maine’s two Ronald McDonald Houses offer a home away from home for families whose children are receiving critical medical care. Depending on the medical need, lengths of stays can add up from one week to 42 days to 168 nights and even more.

“We truly believe the House was the single biggest factor in Ben’s recovery. For that, my family is forever grateful to the Ronald McDonald House and its selfless volunteers," said the Tash family, who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for 206 nights.

Maine’s Ronald McDonald Houses hear stories like this each and every day. Although a dollar does not seem like much, they add up and help the Houses guarantee their doors will remain open and the lights will be on 24 hours a day in order that no family is ever turned away.

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