Southern California McDonald's Kicks Off Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities 'Give A Hand' Fundraiser To Raise Money For

    Southern California McDonald's Kicks Off Annual Ronald McDonald House
    Charities 'Give A Hand' Fundraiser To Raise Money For Families In Need

Annual fundraiser puts emphasis on family togetherness

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California McDonald's®
restaurants launched the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities "GiveA Hand"
fundraiser to help raise meaningful funds for its "Charity of Choice." Ronald
McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly
improve the health and well-being of children.

From now until Nov. 20, 2013, supporters will be able to give a hand to
families in need by purchasing a paper hand at all participating McDonald's
restaurants in Southern California. Each donation, available in $1, $3 or $5
denominations, supports Ronald McDonald House Charities family-centered
programs in the U.S., such as Ronald McDonald Houses, that enable families
with sick children to stay together during their treatment, helping them cope
better and heal faster. The more hands sold, the more families are helped.

In addition to the "Give A Hand" fundraiser, McDonald's supports Ronald
McDonald House Charities year-round through donations from Happy Meal or
Mighty Kids Meal sales, in-restaurant Ronald McDonald House Charities Donation
Boxes and various local initiatives. The local chapter, Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Southern California, operates six Ronald McDonald Houses, two
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®, a
Community Grants Board and four scholarship programs.

"For nearly 35 years, local McDonald's restaurants have been supporting Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Southern California, and because of it, so many
local families in need have been able to heal together and find the vital
resources they need to help their children reach their full potential," said
Clay Paschen III, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the McDonald's
Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC). "Southern California
McDonald's are proud to again support the 'Give A Hand' fundraiser, and
encourage residents to make a donation during their next visit."

New this year, McDonald's has partnered with Snapfish by HP to strengthen the
annual fundraiser by celebrating customers who donate through a Family
Togetherness Photo Contest. The Family Togetherness Photo Contest invites
families to upload a photo that demonstrates what family togetherness means to
them. Families who enter will have the chance to win prizes including a family
vacation, prizes from Snapfish by HP, and more.

Join this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities "Give A Hand" conversation
online by following @McDonalds_SoCal and @RMHC_SoCal and using #GiveAHand.

About McDonald's

MOASC is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald's
restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura
counties. Visit us online at, or follow us on Twitter:

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California

For more than 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
(RMHCSC) programs have been committed to providing comfort, care and support
to children and families across Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside,
San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC
operates six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach,
Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which
help seriously-ill children and their families stay together during difficult
times. Within Southern California, RMHCSC has provided more than $22 million
in funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving non-profits and
funds four college scholarship programs that have awarded more than $4.5
million to exemplary high school students. More information about RMHCSC and
its programs can be found at or on

McDonald's, Give A Hand, Ronald McDonald House Charities, RMHC, Ronald
McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
are trademarks of McDonald's Corporation and its affiliates.

Sarah Stanley
Porter Novelli
(202) 256-0456

SOURCE McDonald's

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