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Thousands for Ronald McDonald House Raised by Local McDonald’s

“Give a Little Love” raised funds to help provide support to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 11, 2015)— Continuing its commitment to the community, Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s® Restaurants helped raise thousands during the annual “Give a Little Love” campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI). This year, over $211,178.51 was raised for the charity from January 22 to February 15.

More than 100 Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s restaurants participated in the campaign. The money that was raised will go directly towards providing a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at Springfield-area hospitals.

“Even during a frigid winter, our friends and neighbors here in Central Illinois showed their kindness and compassion for our “Give a Little Love” campaign,” said Kelly Thompson, Executive Director of RMHCCI. “We are so thankful for the generous donations from the customers, but we also want to thank our local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and their crew for all of their hard work. We truly appreciate their support.”

To “Give a Little Love,” customers donated $1 or more at their local Central Illinois or Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s restaurants. Customers who made a donation had their names displayed on a paper heart in the restaurant, with one hundred percent of the proceeds staying local and benefiting the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with sick children that are receiving treatment at one of Springfield’s medical facilities. Amenities include a private bedroom and bathroom, home cooked meals, laundry facilities and more. RMHCCI, located at 610 North Seventh Street, serves over 400 families each year and was recently renovated in 2014, expanding from 12 to 14 bedrooms and receiving needed major improvements in the kitchen and living areas.

“It’s important to us to be a valuable member of the communities we serve,” said Steve Jeffers local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is an important asset to our area, and the incredible support from the community is essential to keep the house running smoothly for all of these families.”

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and ways you can help, please visit www.rmhc-centralillinois.org

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