3 ways you can make a difference in a child’s life with Day of Change on Oct. 18th

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Ronald McDonald House and Grayson Family
The Ronald McDonald House helps families like the Grayson family. Photo submitted.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) partner with the local community and McDonald’s to create change for families facing childhood illness. Here are 3 ways you can support RMHCA on the Day of Change, Friday, October 18th.

What is Day of Change?

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Shirts. Photo submitted.

Day of Change began as a commemoration of the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974. Over time, Day of Change has evolved into a celebration of how Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama partner with the local community and McDonald’s to create change for families facing childhood illness.

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home for families traveling due to a child’s illness. Families that stay at a Ronald McDonald House do not pay a fee, and many of their daily expenses are taken care of. As a result, the families are able to focus on their child’s hospital stay.

Here are 3 ways you can support Ronald McDonald House Charities on Day of Change!

1) Sport the Day of Change t-shirt

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Shirts. Photo submitted.

Get a t-shirt: Donate $15 to RMCHA and get an awesome tee! You can order shirts online on the RMCHA website. And wear your t-shirt on October 18th to show your support!

2) Head to your local McDonald’s to support Day of Change

Photo via RMHCA Facebook

RMHCA staff and volunteers will be at select stores across the state to celebrate Day of Change. See them at the following locations:

  • Scottsboro – 22943 John T Reid Parkway
  • Heflin – 1816 Almon Street
  • Hoover (Galleria) – 1731 Montgomery Highway
  • Enterprise – 652 Boll Weevil No
  • Gadsden – 1010 Enterprise Drive

At McDonald’s, learn how pocket change can make a change 

Donate to Day of Change in one of these donation boxes
You can drop your spare change in a donation box like this at your local McDonald’s. Photo submitted.

Let’s face it – carrying around spare change is a hassle. I know I have a ziplock bag FULL of pennies in my car just taking up space. So rather than carry around all that change, why not donate it to a good cause?

Although it might seem like your handful of spare change is not a lot, it really adds up. Last year, RMHCA raised more than $4,100 on Day of Change 2018!

  • You can drop off your change at any RMHCA donation box or Round-Up #forRMHC at participating McDonald’s.

…because the change adds up

Grayson family at a Ronald McDonald House
Grayson family on playground. Photo submitted.

The money raised truly supports a great cause. Just ask the Grayson family. Every three weeks, the Grayson family drives from Mobile to Birmingham for 16-year-old Jarvas Jr.’s care. Jarvas lives with sickle cell disease, diabetes and a vascular disorder called Moyamoya disease. Although the hospital visits are tiring, the Ronald McDonald House gives the Grayson family a place to stay and rest during the visits.

“I’m always really tired after going to my doctor’s appointments. Being here means I can rest.”

Jarvas Grayson, Jr.

3) Share your experience on social media

Snap a picture, take a selfie, and share a tweet with #DayofChange to share your experience with the world! Additionally, encourage your friends and coworkers to wear the Day of Change t-shirt on October 18 to show your support!

To get the latest updates, be sure to follow the RMHCA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

If you have questions about the RMHCA or Day of Change, visit their website or call them at 205.638.7272

Be sure to share your #DayofChange experience and tag us @BhamNow !

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