Each year, local McDonald’s restaurants lend a hand to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa during the holiday season through the “Giving Tree” program. During this holiday season, community members visited their local McDonald’s and purchased items listed on ornaments hanging from miniature holiday trees on display.
This year’s “Giving Tree” program resulted in 3,200 items totaling over $2,000 for the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Mercy Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
The Giving Trees are located in all 60 McDonald’s throughout central Iowa each year. Each tree has more than 50 ornaments, each with a suggested item to donate. Ronald McDonald House carefully considers which items it needs including new and unused supplies, toys and other donated products for its residents. Examples include toiletries, such as toothpaste and body wash or food items including breakfast bars and individually wrapped snacks. Other donations include gift cards or premature and newborn clothing.
“We appreciate each and every person who has made a donation through the Giving Tree program because it makes such an incredible difference to those of us staying at the House. We can’t wait to get back on our feet ourselves, so that we can give back to such a wonderful organization,” said Jaclyn Hoover, a resident family who stayed at the House earlier this summer.
The Giving Tree program started five years ago to engage the customers of McDonald’s in central Iowa and provide specific items for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa. The program generated donations from all local McDonald’s restaurants and filled a tremendous need for the House.