For the first time, local McDonald's restaurants are helping Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois this holiday season through a "Giving Tree" program in which community members may purchase items listed on miniature holiday trees on display at McDonald's. These supplies are donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.
The Giving Trees – which will be located in 45 McDonald's in and around the Quad Cities area – have about 50 ornaments, which offer a suggested item to donate. Ronald McDonald House carefully considers and listed items it needs including new and unused supplies. Examples include cleaning supplies and gift cards, such as multi-surface cleaners, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, Target gift cards and Hy-Vee gift cards.
"Nearly 30 percent of the families who stayed with us last year came from the Quad Cities area," said Kristin Roberts, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois.
The Giving Tree program started this year to engage the customers of McDonald's in the Quad Cities and provide specific needs of the Ronald McDonald House.
The Giving Trees will go on display Wednesday, Nov. 27. All donations should be delivered to McDonald's by Sunday, Dec. 15. For more information, please visit www.rmhc-eiwi.org/givingtrees.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois:
Founded in 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. RMHC-EIWI provides care and comfort to children and their families by supporting its cornerstone program, the 31-room "home away from home" Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. RMHC-EIWI also supports not-for-profit children's programs and students making a difference in eastern Iowa and western Illinois through its grants and scholarships program. Learn more at www.rmhc-eiwi.org.