Make our Cornelius McDonald's No. 1! Today, be sure to head over to McDonald's, right by I-77 Exit 28, and buy a heart or a bear or just make a donation to help the Ronald McDonald House.
Our local McDonald's is already special. Of all the McDonald's restaurants in the country, only a few were selected to participate in this fundraiser, and the Cornelius McDonald's was one of them.
As of this writing, however, the Cornelius McDonald's was second in the region in money raised, and of course the staff wants to be No.1.
Ronald McDonald Houses across the country give families of seriously ill children a place to stay when they must travel far away from home to get treatment.
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The families are housed at little or no cost to them. Ronald McDonald Houses help the families who stay together during tough times to better deal with the healing process and also to get the support of other families in similar situations.
The city of Charlotte is raising money to build its first Ronald McDonald House, which broke ground a couple of weeks ago. For more information and to find out how to help, go to www.rmhofcharlotte.org.
McDonald's restaurants in Cornelius and throughout the greater Charlotte area are selling paper hearts for $1. Those donations go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina, a nonprofit that supports all five N.C. Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities.
If you've gone by the Cornelius McDonald's, you've seen that the staff has already sold so many hearts they seem to cover all the windows and walls inside.
All the employees are selling hearts; but three have sold more than anyone else. Employees Sierra Spear and Glenda Williams have sold more than $500 worth of hearts. Ashley Jacobson is the staff's top seller with almost $1,000 worth.
The McDonald's is also selling special teddy bears, and proceeds from those sales go specifically to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
Cathy Jagdeo, manager of the Cornelius McDonald's, said all this fundraising was possible only with the "generosity of the community" of Cornelius and surrounding areas.
Jimmy Neader, owner of the restaurant, said: "Thank you to all of the supporters in Cornelius at McDonald's for making this fundraiser such a success. ... Thank you for your help in supporting many families in a time of need."
The Cornelius restaurant's goal is to raise $2,000 more by today, the last day of the fundraiser. So be sure to stop by and make a donation. Just in case you miss it, though, the restaurant plans to have more of these events in coming months.