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Our Relationship with McDonald’s

RMHC Founding Mission Partner since 1974

Often, we are asked about our relationship with McDonald’s. The partnership with McDonald’s Corporation and Ronald McDonald House Charities and its programs dates back to the charity’s inception in 1974. An NFL team in Philadelphia, a children’s hospital, and local McDonald’s owner/operators worked together to open the first “home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children. They wanted to create a place where these parents could be with others providing emotional support, not knowing it would grow to be an international phenomenon.

Today, the local McDonald’s system, including owner/operators, suppliers, employees, and customers, calls our mission their own. They have opened their hearts to Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, providing invaluable support. We are stronger than ever due in large part to the continued resources from our Founding Mission Partner. Their support extends from monetary contributions to volunteerism, from board participation to meal donations, and has helped us impact thousands of lives by giving children support, stability, and the best medicine of all – their families.

Every day, McDonald’s gives people who want to support our families the opportunity to drop their change in the donation box at restaurant counters and drive-thru windows or Round Up their total at checkout. Other in-store campaigns are also offered throughout the year. Thank you, McDonald’s, for helping families stay close to their ill or injured children and the resources they need.

We Need Your Support

From the moment the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, PA, the entire McDonald’s system (owner/operators, suppliers, employees, and customers) has helped us provide stability and vital resources to families with sick children.

Although McDonald’s is one of our largest corporate partners, no one company or individual can solely fund the growing need for our programs and services. Your support, as well as the support of the entire community, is needed and greatly valued. The help you give RMHC-NM, whether through funding, time, or in-kind donations, makes it possible for families to spend more time with their child, interact with their clinical care team, and participate in critical medical care decisions.