The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan was established in 1990. Photo via fb.com
A local chapter of a national fast food chain was recognized for its charity efforts last week.
Leaders from the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan were on hand Friday at the Gun Lake McDonald’s restaurant, 1515 N. Patterson St. in Wayland Township, to present the store with a token of gratitude for its support during the statewide “Get Your Socks On” campaign.
Owner and operator Keith Berg asked employees at his three West Michigan restaurants to see which eatery could sell the most socks. His Gun Lake location was the top performer, selling more than 1,700 paper and cloth socks from Nov. 8-22.
‘Get Your Socks On’
Nearly 300 Michigan McDonald’s restaurants participated in the campaign, selling paper socks for $1 and red and white striped cloth socks for $5, with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Mid and Western Michigan.
The campaign raised more than $70,000 for the nonprofits.
The Ronald McDonald House
Money raised through the campaign went to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Western and Mid Michigan, located in Grand Rapids and Lansing, respectively.
The first Ronald McDonald House was founded in Philadelphia in 1974. Since then, more than 300 houses have been registered nationwide, and the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan was established in 1990.
The houses offer free extended stay lodging for the families of ill children receiving medical or mental health treatment. The Western Michigan house helps more than 450 families annually.