Over $18,000 was raised for two children’s charities by area McDonald’s restaurants on this year’s McHappy Day.
The success of this fundraiser was the best ever tally for the one day event locally, said Charles Gagnon, owner of the Morrisburg McDonald’s locations and seven others including those in Brockville, Prescott, Cornwall and Lancaster.
Two cheques for over $9,200 were handed out at Gagnon’s newest location here in Morrisburg July 2. One went to the Ronald McDonald House charity in Ottawa, and the other to the Children’s Treatment Centre in Cornwall.
In handing over this donation to the CTC, Gagnon pledged that a portion of next year’s McHappy Day proceeds will again go to the Children’s Treatment Centre. “We will continue to help you. I have you in my heart,” said Gagnon.
The Children’s Treatment Centre provides free assessment and treatment to children in need in Cornwall and SDG and Akwesasne.
It is a community supported agency, staffed with a team of professionals skilled in the assessment and treatment of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
“This will do a lot of good,” Vince Robinson, board member for the treatment centre, said. “It certainly will help,” said Lyle Van Allen, who is also a board member. “A number of kids benefit from this service.” He presented Gagnon with a plaque acknowledging the McDonald’s support of the organization.
Gagnon added that this support would not have been possible without the efforts of his staff and McDonald’s customers who made this best ever McHappy Day donation possible.
This year, local schools supported the McHappy Day effort by offering the opportunity for their students to order a Happy Meal for school lunch on McHappy Day, which was May 7.