Share a heart and help Springfield's two Ronald McDonald Houses. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 25, 63 McDonald's Restaurants and various other locations in the Ozarks, placed red, pink and gold paper hearts on their walls and windows. For 35 days, citizens will be encouraged to adopt a heart by donating $1, $5 or $20 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozark's. McDonald's of Camdenton will participate in this 20th Annual Share a Heart Campaign. With every heart adopted, the contributor will "autograph" a heart that will be displayed at McDonald's throughout the entire month of February. PLUS, every heart comes with an Official Entry Form for the March 2013 drawing for one winner of a $1,000 Great Southern Bank MasterCard. (Donation is not necessary to receive an Official Entry Form.)
To coincide with this annual event, nearly 40 mayors in the participating region are being asked to support the campaign by proclaiming Feb 10-16, 2013 "Ronald McDonald House Week" in their towns.
Help For Local Families
Located in Springfield, Mo., the Ronald McDonald House neat Cox South Hospital and the new House within Mercy Children's Hospital have served the needs of 59 Camden County families since opening its doors in 1988. Enclosed is a profile of an area family that stayed at our Ronald McDonald House this year and will be displayed at the local McDonald"s Restaurants owned and operated by Chip and Teresa McGeehan. Also enclosed is a list of Ronald McDonald House families willing to hare their stories.
Ronald McDonald House Mission
As the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, the Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield, Missouri provided a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill and injured children who must travel to Springfield for medical treatment. The Houses have welcomed more than 8,200 families since the first House opened near Cox South Hospital in 1988, providing lodging,hope and comfort during a time of unspeakable hardship. Other amenities include home-cooked meals through the organization's Family Dinner Program, laundry facilities, transportation to hospitals and support from volunteers and staff who truly care. The most needed and appreciated benefit of all is shared between families, giving each other encouragement and sharing a true understanding of having an ill or injured child.
Springfield's second Ronald McDonald House opened on the 6th floor of Mercy Children's Hospital (formerly St. John's) on November 30, 2012. Due to its unique location within the hospital, daytime use of the House will help Springfield families and hoers not requiring overnight stays, but benefiting from the comfort and sharing that are hallmarks of the program.
For more information, visit www.RMHCozarks.org.
Additional Campaign Information
Page 2 of 2 - The Share a Heart Campaign raised over $92,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in 2012. Donations from the private sector provide the funding for the Ronald McDonald Houses each year, which require $8000,000 annually to operate.