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Hats Off to McDonalds and Some Interesting Facts

If it was just a hamburger joint would the stock have increased 622% in the last 30 years?

When my grandson Shaon was born one cold snowy day in February he weighed just 2 lb. 7 oz. He made his entrance to the world much sooner than expected and we were some what fearful that he may make his exit also, especially when his weight dipped to 2 lb. 2 oz. My daughter and I would make the daily hour drive through  hazardous road conditions to visit him at Sparrow hospital in Lansing, but we could only stay a few hours as I had to work.

My daughter was distraught at leaving her little one and returning home night after night with him still hooked up to life support. She longed to spend more time with him.

The staff there recommended she stay at a Ronald McDonald home near there. It was within walking distance and she could spend as much time as she wanted visiting her infant daily. I could join her when I got out of work.

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The Ronald McDonald Houses is a home away from home for families to stay near their hospitalized children in 259 different communities. My daughter stayed in one free to be near her infant.  The home had all the amenities of home. She would have stayed in a shack if need be to spend time with him, but I toured the home and it was beautiful. She would be able to relax here and regroup as she restored her spirit and mind to be her best when she returned to visit her son. The kitchen was stocked, the bed made, and the bathroom even had toiletries in case she forgot to pack something.

How could I not have a soft spot for Ronald McDonald? My grandson is now a healthy 13 year old, and McDonalds is still a booming restaurant despite the large amount of charitable acts they participate in. I firmly believe you can’t out give God, so those who are performing good deeds will be blessed.

I have accumulated some interesting facts about McDonalds just for you. The pictured above McDonalds, according to the photographer for Corry Young Photography is the worlds largest. It is located along the Will Rogers Turnpike or Interstate 44 located just south of Vinita, Oklahoma. Within this building is also a museum and gift shop. Imagine eating and watching traffic below whizzing by at 75 MPH.

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  1. nobert soloria bermosa

    On November 29, 2008 at 4:09 am

    awesome facts,i love the chicken and fries at Mcdo,i never knew that Mcdo do some charity,that’s great

  2. Christine Ramsay

    On November 29, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Gosh the story of your grandson and the way your daughter was helped in the Ronald McDonald home brought tears to my eyes.
    Your article is quite an eye opener. Great work.

    Take care

  3. BC Doan

    On November 29, 2008 at 6:49 am

    I’m touched by the story of your daughter and grandson! It’s good to know that McDonald supports so many charity organizations! Great article, Judy!

  4. Judy Sheldon

    On November 29, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Nobert, Christine and BC, your kind support is much appreciated.

    Thanks and have a blessed day.

  5. K Kristie

    On November 29, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Interesting article. I love interesting facts. And McDonald’s is my fave fastfood. Thanks for sharing.


    On November 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Sister, thanks for your hard work for preparing this. Take care!

  7. louie jerome

    On November 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    A fantastic article. Thanks very much for the links. Much appreciated.

  8. Judy Sheldon

    On November 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    JK Kristie, Chan, and Louie, thanks so much for your support. Have a blessed holiday.

    Louie, only giving credit where credit is due. Thank you. ^^

  9. Joie Schmidt

    On November 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    What a remarkable story, thank you for sharing it!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  10. Judy Sheldon

    On November 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Liane, thanks so much for your support.

    Take care & God bless.

  11. Ruby Hawk

    On November 29, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, I knew they were big and that they donated much to charities but I didn’t know they were as big as they are. Interesting information. Take care,Ruby

  12. Ruby Hawk

    On November 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to add my Triond credentials.

  13. valli

    On November 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Hats off to McDonald for supporting many charity organizations. Thanks for sharing your personal experience and many interesting facts.

  14. Judy Sheldon

    On November 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Ruby and Valli, thank you so much for your kind words.

    Have a blessed holiday.

  15. Anne Lyken Garner

    On November 30, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I’m not a fast food fan, but this is great news about McDonalds. I’d never known.

  16. Judy Sheldon

    On November 30, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Anne, I am with you on that. In fact much of the fare served up at fast food restaurants was mentioned in my article about foods to avoid. I have found a few healthy items on the menu to purchase because I want to support them.

    Happy holidays and God bless.

  17. M J katz

    On December 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I learned about the McDonald houses as a nurse and have always had a soft spot in my heart for McDonald’s! The good that they do puts so many other companies to shame. And after all these years, I’m STILL addicted to their Fish Fillet sandwich!
    Wonderful article…I hope someone with more computer knowledge sends a copy of this to McDonald’s corporate office!!!

  18. Judy Sheldon

    On December 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    M J Katz, I sent you a comment yesterday but my computer timed out. I thought it posted, and see today that it did not. I am sorry. Thank you so much for your kind support.

    Unfortunately my computer skills are not what they should be either. lol

    Thank you and God bless.

  19. Jasin

    On December 3, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Lol, great article.

  20. Judy Sheldon

    On December 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Jasin, thank you for your kind words.

    Take care & God bless.

  21. hfj

    On December 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Good article.

  22. kate

    On January 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    it means so much to you i bet that mcdonalds did that much for you guys rock on mickey d’s

  23. Mr Ghaz

    On January 12, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Excellent. very creative and interesting article, especially on the great photos and presentation. Well done.! must read article.!

  24. Te'Love

    On February 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Wow Grandma you know a lot about McDonald’s. Great story it was really funny when you said cha ching.

    Keep up the good work Grandma.

    love ya..

  25. Judy Sheldon

    On February 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    TT, Thanks. Grandma loves you!

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