By Megan Wehring
Central Texas McDonald’s restaurants have raised more than $33,228.42 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
Parents with children who suffer from a critical illness or injury often need an extra hand. RMHC works to lighten the load for families by providing housing that’s near a hospitalized child, a place to rest in the hospital and complimentary meals.
“We are there to provide their basic necessities of life,” said Becki Benton Russell whose family, the Benton’s, are Owner/Operators of the McDonald’s in Dripping Springs. “That could either be at the Ronald McDonald House or it could be in a family room. We have some of those embedded in hospitals across our area. Sometimes it’s just a few steps from the NICU, which a lot of times is where people are that need our assistance.”
Customers can round up their next bill to the nearest dollar amount and the extra goes to the RMHC to help families in need.
“Every penny adds up,” Russell said. “I’m always amazed to see how much is collected throughout the year. I just know that all of that goes together, us and other folks in the area, to make up a substantial piece of the budget for our Ronald McDonald House chapter.”