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Long Island McDonald’s Customers Raise $70,000 for Long Island Ronald McDonald House

Funds raised as part of the July 2016 “Give a Heart” campaign.

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Long Island McDonald’s Restaurants and its customers raised $70,000 for the July 2016 “Give a Heart” campaign.

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Long Island, NY - July 13, 2017 - Long Island McDonald’s Restaurants and its customers raised $70,000 for the July 2016 “Give a Heart” campaign. Due to the overwhelming support of customers supporting our 1st Annual “Give A Heart” campaign last year, customers can once again donate $1 for a Heart during the month of July.  The Heart will be displayed in the McDonald’s restaurant. As a thank you, customers will receive a certificate for a Free Small Soft Drink with any purchase.
“We are touched by the overwhelming support from our customers that was demonstrated by the Long Island Ronald McDonald House“Give a Heart” campaign last year says Luciana Montuoro, Long Island McDonald’ Marketing & Public Relations Director. We realize that there are so many worthy charities one can donate to, and yet, customers wholeheartedly supported the LI Ronald McDonald House. I take pride in saying that Long Island’s “best kept secret” is the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. It is what I like to call a “rock” on Long Island, offering some stability for those in times of need, and helping families stay close. ”Thank you Long Islanders, and others visiting and frequenting our stores, that donated $1 for our “Give a Heart” campaign last year.  You all helped to further the mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island,says Luciana Montuoro. There are 80 McDonald’s restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For information on Long Island McDonald’s programs, and to see how we serve in our communities, visit us at
About the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
In November 2001, the Board of Directors at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island embarked on a $5 million journey to more than double the size of the existing facility.  The reason for this project was to help alleviate the pressures the resident managers faced when forced to turn away families in need.  The new building, consisting of 24 additional bedrooms along with expanded community areas, has allowed the House to serve approximately one thousand families each year.
Keeping families close in the midst of a medical crisis
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is the 100th House of over 350 Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide. Located in New Hyde Park on the campus of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Through a series of programs and services, families staying at RMH-LI are able to focus on their child’s recovery. 
Home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers, transportation to and from medical appointments, a comfortable place to stay just steps from their child’s bedside and support from other families going through a similar experience allow parents to recharge for the challenges of the next day. For over 30 years, RMH-LI has served over 30,000 families in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world who are dealing with the pain of having a child undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals.