McDonald’s Restaurants Boost Kids’ Programs at Local YMCAs

Published on: 2023/05/17 - in News

McDonald’s Restaurants in Kingston and Gananoque donated over $32,000 to the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s children’s programs. The funds were raised on May 10 during McHappy Day, a charitable initiative organized by McDonald’s.

Expressing gratitude for the partnership, Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Eastern Ontario, praised Todd Shea, owner-operator of McDonald’s, and his team for selecting them as this year’s children’s charity. The donation will be directed towards the YMCA’s financial assistance program, ensuring that no child is left behind in summer camps or other activities due to financial constraints. Additionally, the funds will also contribute to the Ronald McDonald House.

Over the past three years, McDonald’s Restaurants in Kingston and Gananoque have actively supported the YMCA of Eastern Ontario through various fundraising events. However, this year marked the first time the Y received funds from McHappy Day.

Shea acknowledged the remarkable success of this year’s McHappy Day, attributing it to the immense generosity and support from the entire community. He extended his gratitude to employees and the numerous YMCA volunteers for their dedicated efforts in supporting these worthwhile charities, emphasizing that without their engagement and commitment, such outstanding results would not be achievable. Shea expressed immense pride in partnering with Rob Adams and the YMCA, enabling them to contribute to the impactful work of YMCA’s kids’ programs and Ronald McDonald House Charities, both of which play a significant role in supporting local communities.

The YMCA kicked off its annual fundraising campaign on May 11, setting a goal of $420,000. Adams urged the community to join in creating a wave of positive change by becoming the drop that ripples. He highlighted the substantial impact of the generous donation from Shea and the Kingston and Gananoque restaurants, emphasizing its potential to provide access to healthy and inclusive programs for children and teenagers.

Photo (submitted): L to R: Kishan Viskanen (registered Ap); Rob Adams (CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario); Troy Leslie (Director for Eastern ON and Atlantic MRCL); Adam Campbell (Ops Consultant McDonald’s Kingston); Adam Hawley (Ops Consultant McDonald’s Kingston); Patrick Gerber (VP Eastern Canada MRCL); Mary Howlett (Director of Human Resources); Tracey Barkley (Operations Consultant MRCL); John Mundell (Ops Consultant McDonald’s Kingston); Todd Shea (Owner Operator)