A Recap of McHappy Day 2024

Yesterday, May 8th, was McHappy Day across Canada. It is a day where communities come together to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local charities. A portion from any food or drink menu item can help raise funds. It’s a simple way to make a big impact and support families in need.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Canada provide a home away from home for families with sick children who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. These houses offer families a comfortable place to stay, meals, and emotional support during an incredibly difficult time. Being able to stay close to their child while they receive medical care can make a huge difference in a family’s healing process. There is currently a house in Saskatoon, with plans to build a house in both Prince Albert and Regina. There is also a house in Winnipeg for Manitobans.

In addition to the houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are located in hospitals to provide a respite for families to rest and recharge while their child is receiving treatment. These rooms offer a quiet space, meals, and support services to help families cope during a stressful time. One of those rooms is located in Prince Albert.

I was at the West Broadway McDonald’s location yesterday, talking all about McHappy Day. I was able to speak with a representative of RMHC, Kelly all about the importance. I was also able to speak to Leone Ottenbreit as the Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer initiative helps out with McHappy Day and RMHC. I also wanted to shoutout city council members including Mayor Mitch Hippsley for volunteering, along with Yorkton Chamber members, Big Brothers Big Sisters Club, Health Foundation board members and more.

I did my part as well! I purchased myself a meal, along with socks – with proceeds going to RMHC. The double quarter pounder meal hit the spot, and I cannot wait to wear my Hamburglar socks! While I was having lunch (along with Reader who showed up for lunch too), a gentleman was also having lunch and was speaking to us. I regret not asking his name, but he told us the story of how he was at the children’s hospital for his daughter several years ago when she was born with half a heart. He had to stay at a Ronald McDonald House while she was getting the treatment she needed, and he seemed incredibly thankful. His daughter is now 7 years old and healthy.

Another stranger said hi to me as I was packing up and ready to leave. As we were talking about McHappy Day, he mentioned that his son had to stay at the children’s hospital as he had cardiac issues and they were situated at the Ronald McDonald House too. He even brought his son in his baby stroller to McDonald’s as they were about to head inside for lunch. So thank you to Dylan Thompson for sharing your story about your experience with your son Brody and your experience with RMHC and the children’s hospital.

Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered, and thank you to everyone who purchased items and donated. Thanks to those who told their stories of RMHC.

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