McDonald’s program supports families by giving a handWritten by Emily Tucker | | email@example.com
The walls of the McDonald’s in northwest Ohio are covered with hands.
Customers could put their names on hands and stick them to the walls of McDonald’s as part of the Give A Hand Program.
Chad Bringman, president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of northwest Ohio, said McDonald’s does the Give A Hand Program around the world.
“What we use as a reference point is World Children’s Day, which was Nov. 10,” he said. “That’s when the hand sales started.”
World Children’s Day is now called McHappy Day, according to Bringman. He said it’s a day where McDonald’s asks everyone to recognize what RMHC do for families.
“It used to be that we got a portion of proceeds from every happy meal purchased that day,” Bringman said. “Now, we get proceeds from every Happy Meal sold every day.”
Customers were asked if they wanted to donate money in the amount of $1, $3 or $5. All proceeds go to the program. Bringman said in the past customers were asked if they only wanted to donate $1.
Adam Sloan, owner of the McDonald’s at 2130 South Reynolds Rd., said Give-A-Hand went well at his location by selling more hands than last year. He and his father own a few McDonald’s in northwest Ohio, and they saw daily customers come in to support the program.
“We got a good response from customers,” Sloan said. “Personally, we have a lot of the same customers come through on a daily routine. Many of these customers donated more than one day.”
Sloan said “cool” is the best word to use when describing what the walls of his McDonald’s look like.
“We have about 300 hands splattered across like wallpaper,” Sloan said. “When you pull up to the drive thru, you see nothing but hands. The American spirit is to still donate some of your hard earned money to charity.”
The McDonald’s in Secor Central and Perrysburg on Route 25 also tend to sell many hands, Bringman said. Last year, RMHC in northwest Ohio made $25,000 last year, and it would like to reach the same amount this year.
“We encourage a lot of people on our behalf to go in and purchase a hand,” he said. “It’s a good way for McDonald’s customers to support the work we do on a daily basis.”