On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 62 McDonald’s restaurants in the Ozarks began a monthlong campaign encouraging customers to support Springfield’s two Ronald McDonald Houses by donating $1, $5 or $20 and adopting a heart. The red, pink and gold paper hearts will be displayed on the walls and windows at McDonald’s throughout the 27th annual Share a Heart campaign, which continues through Feb. 29.
Each heart comes with an official entry form for the March 2020 drawing for a $1,000 Great Southern Bank gift card (donation not necessary to enter). McDonald’s of Buffalo is proudly participating in the Share a Heart campaign.
Help for local families
On any given night, up to 24 families of seriously ill children stay at Springfield’s two Ronald McDonald Houses. During 2019, more than 800 families found a “home away from home” at one of the two houses. Since they opened, 281 Dallas County families, 153 of which are residents of Buffalo, benefited from Springfield’s Ronald McDonald Houses.
There are two profiles of area families that stayed at the Ronald McDonald Houses this year, and they will be displayed at the local McDonald’s restaurant owned by Chip and Teresa McGeehan.
The Share a Heart campaign raised nearly $125,000 for Springfield’s Ronald McDonald Houses in 2019. Donations from the private sector provide 100 percent of the houses’ operating expenses, which exceed $900,000 annually.