On Wed May 6, the communities of Port Perry and Uxbridge Ontario had the opportunity to show a local children’s charity their full support, and they didn’t disappoint! Once a year around the world, McDonald’s Restaurants celebrate McHappy Day where portions of sales are donated to designated charities. This year, Ginger and Sandy Jackson, franchisees of Port Perry and Uxbridge locations, selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham to be the recipients of donations raised.
A Successful Day
Local leaders, town councilors, Durham Regional Police Service, along with many other community members volunteered their time, and donned the cheerful yellow McHappy Day aprons and went to work to support an organization that has such an incredible impact on the children and youth of Durham Region. Our own Alan Fortnum joined with many other eager volunteers at the Uxbridge location.
Special Events Coordinator Krista Duke said it was a fantastic day, with perfect weather and over 60 volunteers. She marveled at the fact that they had customers who visited more than once that day to boost sales and endorse the charity. They credit the day’s overwhelming success to the McDonald’s crew, the willing volunteers and of course, the customers who lined up to purchase the Big Macs, Happy Meals® and Hot McCafé® Beverages that generated the funds.
When it was all said and done, $10,424.00 was raised between the two locations, which was $2,000 more than they raised last year. The funds have been ear-marked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham’s Mentoring Programs. What a thrill!
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham
Since 1976, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham has been focused on engaging in young people’s lives with the purpose of fostering trust and cultivating life changing relationships through their wide range of mentoring programs. From group programs to their one-to-one programs for both within the school environment and beyond, their goal is to change lives, and they are succeeding. Just check out their stories on Facebook. Recognizing that our youth are the future of our communities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of ND hope to invest in and change the course of their community’s future, one young person at a time.
Want to learn about being a mentor in this dynamic and influential organization? Click here and Select Volunteer next to the Program
McHappy Day 2016
It has been established that McHappy Day 2016’s proceeds will go towards the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity. Knowing first hand that seriously ill children and families are often burdened with the expenses of special treatment needs, the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity’s founder Norm Clements established the charity in 1990 with the mission to help with those treatment needs, medical expenses and offer financial assistance, and to improve the quality of life of those seriously ill children and their families.
The number of requests for help that this benevolent organization receives far surpasses the funds that it is able to raise. You don’t need to wait until next year’s McHappy Day to support this worthy cause. Click here to see how you can help today.
Photo credit for all photos posted in this blog: Krista Duke, Special Events Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham.