Members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department were spread out all over the Scenic City this morning, taking part in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Day of Change. Head football coach Russ Huesman, men’s basketball head coach Will Wade and other UTC athletics coaches and staff were collecting change at area McDonald’s for the fund drive.
Across the nation today, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is encouraging supporters to drop spare change in RMHC Donation Boxes located on counters and in the drive-thrus of participating McDonald’s restaurants. Last year’s Day of Change brought in over $17,000 in Chattanooga!
Coach Huesman worked the drive-thru line at the Red Bank McDonald’s, where he and a number of other volunteers greeted the morning breakfast rush. “I have been fortunate enough to help with this event each year I have been here,” stated Huesman. “The Ronald McDonald House is an important part of our community and I am happy to help any way I can.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Chattanooga provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children and supports programs that improve the health, education, and well-being of children. The cornerstone programs are: the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Ronald McDonald House, a 26 bedroom facility, serves as a “home away from home” each year for approximately 600 families with critically ill or injured children in nearby Chattanooga hospitals.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Children’s Hospital at Erlanger offers families a place to rest, wash clothes, take a shower or nap, steps from their children's bedside. It is open 12 hours a day for anyone with an immediate family member in Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Siskin Hospital, or Erlanger Hospital. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a state-of-the-art mobile unit.
“It is always nice to get out in the community and meet new people,” said Wade. “To be able to do that and help such a great cause makes it even better.”
Coach Wade worked the 3rd Street McDonald’s, right next to Erlanger Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Women’s basketball assistant coach Katie Burrows helped with a crew at the East Ridge location, while track & field assistant coach Anneli Morrison volunteered with the Sugar Mocs at the Amnicola McDonald’s.