CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Members of the Chattanooga Athletics Department took to the parking lots and drive-thrus of McDonald’s restaurants across the Scenic City this morning to participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Day of Change. Head football coach Russ Huesman, men’s basketball coach Will Wade and track and cross country coach Bill Gautier were collecting change at area McDonald’s for the fund drive.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) encouraged customers to drop their spare change in donation buckets located at the registers and drives-thrus of participating McDonald’s restaurants across the nation. In Chattanooga alone, last year’s Day of Change garnered over $17,000 of support.
Huesman, Wade and Gautier – along with Scrappy – collected change from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Huesman volunteered in Red Bank, Gautier in East Ridge while Wade and Scrappy were at the Third Street location in Downtown Chattanooga.
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.