The Black Press Media team was at the Mcdonald’s on Millstream Road in Langford for McHappy Day. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

McDonald’s staff and volunteers serving smiles for a good cause on McHappy Day

Proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities and local children’s charities

Langford’s Millstream Road McDonald’s was among franchises across the country to celebrate another annual day of community giving in support of Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children’s charities.

Wednesday marked the 26th McHappy Day, with McDonald’s Canada donating $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal or hot McCafe beverage purchase to RMHC Canada and children’s charities across the country.

Since its inception, McHappy Day has raised more than $66 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada, the Ronald McDonald Houses themselves and hundreds of other children’s charities.

RMHC Canada is dedicated to giving sick children the one thing they need most — their families. It provides families of sick children with a home-away-from-home that is peaceful and calm within a hospital.

The Millstream McDonald’s had hundreds of cars go through its drive-thru and many said they stopped by because of McHappy Day. Owner Jamie Taylor said about 75 per cent of their customer traffic is in the drive-thru.

Customers could buy bracelets for $2 and socks for $5 during the fundraiser. Harbour exotics will be on location at Millstream from around 1 to 7 p.m., exhibiting their collection snakes, bunnies and many different types of lizards.

“It’s been wonderful to see the community come out and support such a great day to put money toward a really nice cause,” said Taylor.

“We’ve had plenty of support with people coming and volunteering and coming and donating, from the police station, to the fire department to the [Black Press] team. It’s been a big success, and I hope we can see more people throughout the afternoon… Big Mac’s been a star of the show.”

Taylor said customers were asking about McHappy Day in the days leading up to the event in anticipation of donating to a good cause.

Taylor’s wife and co-owner Stephanie added adults have even come in to buy Happy Meals.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com

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The Black Press Media team was at the McDonald’s on Millstream Road in Langford for McHappy Day. See page 8 for the story (Matteus O’Connor/News Staff)

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