Pictured are Josh Dempsey, RMHC staff member, Perla Trevizo, Times Free Press volunteer, Taylor Harris, UTC Cheerleader, Kristi Thomas, UTC Cheerleader, Laney Combs, UTC Cheerleader, Todd Hale, Chattanooga Fire Dept. , James Evers, Chattanooga Fire Dept. Robert Roark, Chattanooga Fire Dept. Ashley May, UTC Cheerleader.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga announced that its recent “Join Us For 1- Day of Giving” fundraiser raised more than $17,000 locally. The fundraiser held at area McDonald’s and Regions Banks was to encourage people to donate their extra change to help families with critically ill or injured children.
Local volunteers of all types including firefighters, politicians, school coaches and cheerleaders were at various locations with donation buckets in hand, urging customers to give their dime, quarter, nickel or penny to help the cause. Among those that participated were members of the Chattanooga Fire Department, Dalton Fire Department, Catoosa County Fire Department, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Coaches Wes Moore, John Schulman and Russ Huesman, Representative JoAnne Favors, Signal Mountain School Cheerleaders and Hixson High School Football team and many more.
The funds from “Join Us For 1 Day of Giving” will help provide a “home away from home,” for 26 families for up to 12 days. The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide a place of comfort that allow families to give 100 percent of their time to their children so they can heal faster and cope better.