MANILA, Philippines – With the recent eruption of Taal Volcano, McDonald’s Philippines, through its charity of choice, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), mobilized employees and engaged customers to provide help to affected families in different evacuation centers.
“Our commitment to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos, especially children, has always been at our core. Nakakataba ng puso (It gladdens our hearts) to see how the whole McDonald’s community took time to help and serve the families, making them feel that they are not alone during calamities like this,” RMHC Executive Director Marie Angeles said.
McDonald’s Philippines opened the doors of its 100 stores nationwide to support the Ronald McDonald “Bigay Tulong” (Give Help) program of RMHC by accepting in-kind donations. Customers were encouraged to donate biscuits, bottled water, canned goods, hygiene kits, blankets, and other needed items for the affected families.
With malasakit (concern) ingrained in the company’s values, McDonald’s, with the help of its employees and franchisees, worked together to pack and distribute goods for 2,000 families. McDonald’s also served food to close to 20,000 individuals in different evacuation centers for a week.
“We are very much grateful to our partners, the local government units, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Philippine Red Cross for helping us distribute relief goods and provide meals for our dedicated volunteers,” Angeles said.
More than serving food and distributing goods, McDonald’s Fun Days were held last Jan. 25 and 26, where children in the evacuation centers were entertained through games and other activities.
Actor Alden Richards, RMHC Celebrity Ambassador, joined the Jan. 26 Fun Day to surprise and cheer up the children in several evacuation centers in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
“Hindi po ako nag-dalawang-isip tumulong, lalong-lalo na sa mga bata na affected by the calamity. Salamat sa McDonald’s at RMHC, nabigyan ako ng chance na makatulong at makapag-pasaya kahit sandali lang.” Richards said.
(I did not have second thoughts about helping, especially the children affected by the calamity. Thanks to McDonald’s and RHMC, I was given the chance to help and bring cheer even for a short while.)
For those who wish to donate, you may still deposit cash donations through the following RMHC bank accounts:
Account Name: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines, Inc.
Banco De Oro: CA# 01-7080-12767
Bank of the Philippine Islands: CA# 3021-4107-47
To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how you can help, please visit http://rmhc.org.ph.