Local McDonald’s owners and operators have pledged to donate one penny per pound of fries purchased by their restaurants to the local Ronald McDonald House Charities to continue helping families stay close.

Starting on National Fry Day -- July 13 -- eating McDonald’s world-famous fries at local McDonald’s restaurants will help your local RMHC house and support families in the communities that use them.

The Penny for a Pound fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities will be a new annual campaign for Mid-Missouri, the Ozarks, Joplin and Northern Arkansas areas, that is expected to raise more than $100,000 annually for local RMHC houses in Columbia, Joplin and Springfield, Missouri.

“Nothing is more important than keeping parents and siblings close to their sick children. It is our local commitment to find more ways to continually support and provide to our local Ronald McDonald Houses. The people using them live right here where we do and we want them to know we care.” said local Missouri McDonald’s Co-Op President, Owner/Operator Andi Hilburn-Vaini.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to provide a home away from home that serves and sustains families of children being treated at area hospitals and health-related facilities. To connect, follow your local RMHC socially via Facebook or at www.rmhcmidmo.org ,www.rhcozarks.org and www.rmhjoplin.org.