NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€“ McDonaldâ€™s restaurants in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky raised more than $76,000 on Monday for the Nashville Ronald McDonald House by donating all proceeds from 79-cent cheeseburger sales, company officials announced Tuesday.
Extreme cold temperatures on Jan. 7 caused a pipe to burst and flood the Nashville Ronald McDonald House. An entire wing of the 32-room house was severely damaged, and due to uninhabitable conditions, 17 families with critically ill children were forced to find alternative places to stay while their children receive care at local hospitals.
To aid in the recovery, local McDonaldâ€™s donated 100 percent of cheeseburger sales 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The 141 McDonaldâ€™s restaurants sold 96,354 cheeseburgers for a total of $76,119 that will go directly to the house to fund repairs.
â€śWe are thrilled with the total donation to the House,â€ť said Tim Funderburk, head of the local McDonaldâ€™s operator group. â€śThe community came together to support the Nashville Ronald McDonald House, and itâ€™s our hope that the House can be repaired as soon as possible and the rooms opened back up to the families that need them.â€ť
With the help of the community and support from local McDonaldâ€™s owners and operators, the Ronald McDonald House is working tirelessly to repair the damage caused by flooding, he said.
â€śWe are overwhelmed by the generous donation and support of the local McDonaldâ€™s owner and operator community,â€ť said Liz Piercy, the Nashville executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities. â€śThis contribution is wonderful for the house and for the families we serve. It will help us get the House back in shape and continue to support our local families.â€ť
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville provides essential resources and a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving medical care at Nashville-area hospitals.
McDonaldâ€™s is a donor and long-standing partner of the house.