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By: Grandview Kids — May 9, 2018

On May 2nd, McHappy Day took place at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, raising money in support of Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children’s charities.

This year, in the Durham Region, McDonald’s Restaurants were raising money for Ronald McDonald Houses and Grandview Kids!

After Durham Region McDonald’s owners pledged to raise $500,000 to build and support the new Grandview, they decided McHappy Day’s donations would be the first big fundraising initiative towards this total.

Last year, eight Durham McDonald’s partnered with Grandview Kids for McHappy Day. This year, 22 McDonald’s restaurants in Durham participated. Next year, McDonald’s Durham Region restaurants will be supporting Grandview once again. This time, all locations across the region will be donating to Grandview.

During McHappy day the community rallied together, lining up the McDonald’s drive-thrus throughout the community, donating change and purchasing Big Macs, Happy Meals and hot McCafe beverages throughout the day. By the end of the day, $161,441 was raised for Grandview Kids.

An entire classroom visited the Bowmanville location at lunch during their lunch break to support Grandview.

“I decided to take my students to McHappy day to support Grandview. I have a child that goes to Grandview and they know and care for him,” said local teacher Darlene Lomax. “They have always been supportive and thought it was a good cause. I was so proud of my class as they were very polite, patient and donated generously. They even sought out the donation collectors when they couldn’t see them. Another customer commented on how well behaved and respectful they were. These are a group of grade eight students that felt good about being able to help in their own way. I am proud of these students and proud to be their teacher!”

It was incredible to see the outpouring of support from all corners of Durham.

Grandview is so thankful for this partnership with McDonald’s as well as the support and involvement demonstrated by our community.

We can’t see what’s in store for Grandview next!

Want more information?

For information on what locations participated, or our partnership with McDonald’s, visit our blog about it!

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