McDonald's Sells Cheeseburgers To Help Local Charity
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nearly 150 McDonald's restaurants in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky sold cheeseburgers Monday to help raise money for a local charity.
From 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., the proceeds from every cheeseburger sold went to the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville.
"We just thought it was a great way to help the house get back on its feet," explained Phil Gray.
He is the owner/operator of 21 McDonald's restaurants in the Nashville area.
On January 7, a frozen pipe caused a flood at the house and damaged 17 rooms. The house is a home away from home for families with sick children in the hospital.
Despite the cold, customers responded to the fundraising idea.
"We had one dentist call in and order 200 hamburgers today. We've had several people come in today for bags of cheeseburgers. Boxes of cheeseburgers," Gray explained.
The owners had a goal to raise $100,000. That meant they would have had to sell more than 126,500 cheeseburgers.
The Ronald McDonald House had insurance, but it will not cover the entire repair bill for the flood.
"This is just an added expense we weren't planning on, at all," explained Liz Piercy, director of the Ronald McDonald House.
The affected wing of the house suffered extensive damage. Repair work is underway, but crews still have a lot or work to complete.
"It'll be another month, month and a half, two months before we're back, up and running 100 percent," Piercy said.
If you were not able to buy a cheeseburger Monday, you can still make an online donation. The house is also accepting needed material items. You can find a donation list on their web site: http://www.rmhcnashville.com/.