Throughout the Bay Area and the nation, McDonald's restaurants will immediately dedicate its donation canisters, seen at counter registers and in drive-thru's, so that community members can contribute money to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at McDonald's. From today through Friday, October 12, 2001, McDonald's canisters will display a new design reflecting McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities' efforts to assist in the nation's rebuilding and healing process being undertaken from last Tuesday's tragedy.

"We want to make it easy for the people of the Bay Area to show their support for those in need after the attack on our country," said Scott Rodrick, president of the Bay Area chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and a San Francisco McDonald's owner/operator. "There are over 250 McDonald's in the Bay Area alone -- it is our goal to dedicate all donation canisters at every one of our McDonald's beginning this week."

In addition, McDonald's Corporation is contributing $1 million to the humanitarian and relief effort and Ronald McDonald House Charities is matching it with its own $1 million donation.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area

Through its network of local charities serving 27 countries, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and families and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital. In addition, the charity provides grants to a number of non-profit children's organizations. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' U. S. body and its global network of local charities has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to children's programs worldwide. Locally, RMHCBA has contributed more than $3 million to Bay Area nonprofit children's organizations since its inception in 1988.


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is providing lifesaving assistance in the form of immediate disaster mass care and blood to victims and emergency workers in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania following the incomprehensible attacks of September 11. The Red Cross will stay with these people as this tragedy unfolds. The Red Cross has been on the scene from the beginning providing disaster support in the form of food, shelter and mental health counseling to all individuals affected. To help the victims of these and other disasters please support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Contribute directly to the American Red Cross by going to www.redcross.org