Local McDonald’s restaurants raise over $33K for charity

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.”

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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