Local McDonald’s restaurants helped Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) again this past holiday season through a “Giving Tree” program in which community members may purchase and donate needed household items listed on miniature trees on display at McDonald’s.
The Giving Trees – which are currently located in all McDonald’s in Central and Eastern Nebraska, as well as Western Iowa – are decorated with approximately 50 ornaments, which offer a suggested item to donate. Ronald McDonald House carefully considers and listed items currently needed including new and unused household supplies, pantry items, and other donated products for its residents. Examples include, but are not limited to: bleach, latex-free gloves, non-perishable breakfast items, and hand sanitizer.
“Working with McDonald’s in this capacity truly exemplifies how charity, business, and community-wide philanthropy can come together in a way that truly represents the spirit of Nebraska,” said Lindsey Rai Ehlers, Executive Director for RMHC. “McDonald’s owners and their crew have gone above and beyond and we could not be more thankful.”
Introduced in 2011 by Erin Barr, a McDonald’s owner-operator in southeast Nebraska, the Giving Tree program was started to engage the customers of McDonald’s in Nebraska and Iowa and provide specific needs of the Ronald McDonald House. The program generated donations from all local McDonald’s restaurants.
The Giving Trees were on display the day after Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. All donations were delivered to RMHC before the end of the year. For more information, please visit www.rmhcomaha.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The mission of its two core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, is to provide stability and resources to families while their child is being cared for at area hospitals and to provide extensive dental care for children in local elementary schools. For more information, visit www.rmhcomaha.org.