In light of last Tuesday's tragedy in New York City, McDonald's Restaurants nationwide are responding with assistance to the humanitarian and relief efforts.

Beginning Friday, September 14, 2001, and continuing for a month, all customer donations received through the Ronald McDonald House Charities® restaurant canister program will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist in this national emergency. Every cent put into these canisters -- both in the restaurants and in drive-thrus -- will be given to the American Red Cross. Furthermore, McDonald's Corporation is contributing $1 million to the relief efforts, and Ronald McDonald House Charities is matching it with its own $1 million contribution above and beyond the canister donations.

McDonald's restaurants near the World Trade enter are serving food to search and rescue teams, and two Mobile McDonalds have been brought in to provide additional assistance. Furthermore, McDonald's restaurants nationwide are serving food and drinks to Red Cross Centers and blood centers that are collecting food and monetary donations around-the-clock.

Locally, McDonald's Restaurants in South Bend and Fort Wayne are also donating food and drinks to Red Cross facilities and hospitals assisting in blood drive efforts. In Fort Wayne, McDonald's restaurants are providing hundreds of hamburgers and gallons of juice to the Red Cross of Northeastern Indiana, and have offered additional deliveries to local hospitals assisting in blood drives. In South Bend, Owner/Operator David Sparks has offered free hamburger coupons to every person in South Bend who is willing to give blood.

Jack Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corporation, said Wednesday, "A catastrophe of this magnitude is hard to comprehend, but we're all in this together as Americans. That's why McDonald's is doing what we always do...we are helping our neighbors.

"We're pulling together as a nation, McDonald's people -- our employees, owner/operators and suppliers -- are standing shoulder to shoulder as never before."

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer with more than 29,000 restaurants serving 45 million customers each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of all McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.


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