Leading up to Christmas, McDonald’s restaurant crews worked just like Santa’s elves – filling “Santa Sacks” with toys for young boys and girls staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville over the holiday.
The Funderburks, local McDonald’s owner-operators who own 21 restaurants across Middle Tennessee, including Fayetteville, challenged all their employees to fulfill a wish list from children staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville over Christmas.
“We truly turned into Santa’s Workshop, filling Santa Sacks with countless gifts to give to each family staying at the Ronald McDonald House,” said owner-operator, Tim Funderburk. “We’re thrilled to get our teams involved during this season of giving.”
On Monday, Dec. 16, crewmembers arrived on bus to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville with 36 Santa Sacks. After distributing gifts to children and families, crewmembers toured the House to see first-hand the far-reaching impact this nonprofit provides.
For decades, this organization has ensured families with sick children are able to be together and close to the care they need, made possible in part through the change collected from generous customer donations in McDonald’s restaurants. Each year, RMHC of Nashville provides a “home-away-from-home” for more than 500 families with critically ill children.
“Our McDonald’s team is our family, and we always tell them how it’s important to give back. There’s no better way to do that than for our namesake charity,” said Sandra Funderburk. “It is a blessing to share moments like these with our team.”
In addition to Fayetteville, participating restaurants included those in Monteagle, Cookeville, Tullahoma, McMinnville, Shelbyville, Manchester, Sparta, Winchester, Lewisburg, Livingston, Smithville, Gordonsville, Woodbury, Murfreesboro, Carthage, Algood, Christiana, and Baxter.
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in 120 markets around the world. Over 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.