Mcdonald’s Drive Thru Challenge Benefiting Local Ronald Mcdonald House Charities is Back!

(CHARLESTON – October 21, 2021) – The second annual McDonald’s Drive Thru Challenge has officially kicked off!! Now through December 12, Charleston-area McDonald’s restaurants are raising money through the drive thru benefiting local Ronald McDonald Houses and families in need.

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the local RMHC Chapter's fundraising opportunities have been impacted; in an effort to help close the gap, local McDonald’s restaurants are increasing awareness of the Round-Up for RMHC program though Drive Thru orders. Each time someone orders through the Drive Thru, he or she can round up the purchase to the nearest dollar or choose to give $1, $3 or $5 for RMHC. These donations provide vital resources and support to children and their families receiving care at nearby hospitals.

For the second year in a row, local McDonald’s restaurants are engaging in a friendly competition to see which restaurant can raise the most monetary donations for RMHC and are encouraging more visitors in the Drive Thru during peak hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Drive Thru Challenge’s inaugural year, thousands of McDonald’s restaurants surpassed their goal and raised a total of $1.23 million across the southeast U.S. to support their local RMHC houses. This year, McDonald’s restaurants want to double those funds and raise $2 million for RMHC.

“Through the generous support of partners like McDonald’s, we are able to provide a place of healing for families when they need it most. During this time of crisis, being a part of the McDonald’s family and this donation means even more,” said Kathy ‘KP’ Papadimitriou, CEO for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston. “Imagine being away from home and having a sick or injured child in the hospital today. These families can continue to count on Ronald McDonald House and McDonald’s for help. They are forever grateful.” “Imagine being away from home and having a sick or injured child in the hospital today. These families can continue to count on Ronald McDonald House and McDonald’s for help. They are forever grateful.”

Craving McDonald’s and looking for ways to donate but don’t want to wait? There’s an app for that. Customers also now have the easy, convenient option to make an RMHC donation of $1, $3 or $5 by placing their order through the McDonald’s app, while also earning rewards. Customers can sign up for MyMcDonald’s Rewards to earn points on every dollar spent at McDonald’s—unlocking free, craveable favorites across the menu. That’s what we call a win-win.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business owners. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook. www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston
We believe that when a child is in time of greatest need, families and communities can come together to create solutions, ultimately changing a child’s life forever.RMHC Charleston opened its doors 38 years ago as a “Home-away-from-home” where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel, meal, and travel expenses. Our home offers these families’ comfortable beds, hot meals, a caring staff, and a four-legged friend, Gardy, all just steps from the hospital.


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