The public can donate their spare change to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga on Friday, June 6, between 7-10:30 a.m. during their “Day of Change” campaign. Chattanooga area McDonald’s and Regions Banks will be encouraging individuals to donate their extra change to help families with critically ill or injured children.
Dozens of local celebrity volunteers will be on hand at various locations urging customers to donate their dime, quarter, nickel or penny like UTC Coaches Will Wade, Russ Huesman, and Bill Gautier along with various city and county elected officials and candidates. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk will be at the Ringgold McDonald’s. There will also be princesses Rapunzel and Cinderella at the Cleveland North Lee Highway McDonald’s. Miss Tennessee 2009, Stefanie Whittler, will be at the Soddy Daisy McDonald’s. The following Fire Department’s will be present: Chattanooga, Cleveland, East Ridge, Fort Oglethorpe, Signal Mountain, Spring City, and Whitfield County.
The RMHC Day of Change embraces the importance of giving back and how even the smallest gesture goes a long way to helping those in need, said officials.
“The RMHC Day of Change is just one example of what a big difference small change can make in the lives of families with critically ill children," said Jane Kaylor, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. "We salute our McDonald’s partners and all the volunteers who are giving of their time on this special day.”
One full donation box could provide a safe place to stay in a Ronald McDonald House for up to one night. Last year alone, Day of Change locally raised more than $20,500. These funds help support programs at Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House that improve the health and well-being of children.