Local McDonald’s will raise funds for Hospice Kingston on Hospital Day

Pictured from left to right – Mary Howlett, McDonald’s restaurant manager, Michelle Podhy, Providence Care Board Chair, Todd Shea, McDonald’s restaurant owner, Asher, Official Mascot of UHKF, Dr. John Leverette, UHKF Board Chair, Peter Kingston, Capital Campaign Chair at Hospice Kingston, Donna Dwyre, Associate Director Healthcare Advancement, Hospice Care and Cathy Szabo, President and CEO, Providence Care. Submitted Photo.

Indulging in some fast food this week might be just what the doctor ordered.

That’s because customers visiting McDonald’s restaurants across Kingston will be financially supporting patient care at local hospitals with their tasty choices on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2023.

McDonald’s in Kingston will be donating one dollar from every Big Mac and McChicken and 50 cents from every brewed coffee sold on Wednesday, with the funds going toward Hospice Kingston through the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF). 

Peter Kingston, Chair of the Hospice Kingston Campaign Cabinet pointed out, “It will be wonderful because it’s really the missing link for our hospital: we’ve got everything else in this community but we don’t have a residential hospice.”

“I am very excited and very humbled and honoured that McDonald’s has chosen Hospice Kingston as their organization to donate money to this year,” Cathy Szabo, of the UHKF Board of Directors added. “It’s so exciting that this community will have access to Hospice care. I’m so excited about tomorrow and hopeful that the community does come out in droves to purchase and help support Hospice Kingston.”

According to Dr. John Leverette, Chair of the UHKF Board of Directors, all six McDonald’s locations will be supporting Hospice Kingston through UHKF.

“We’re really excited about tomorrow and recognize that our local McDonald’s restaurants have a long history of supporting the community. We’re truly grateful that they’ve chosen to support health care in Kingston this year and specifically Hospice, and look forward to continuing this new partnership for many years to come,” Leverette noted.

In addition to raising funds, community volunteers will be present at all participating restaurants from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to educate patrons about Hospital Day and to collect any donations guests may wish to make. All money raised at each restaurant will be donated directly to that restaurant’s local hospital foundation.

“It’s our first annual hospital day, and we’d love to make it an annual thing as we move forward,” explained Todd Shea, a McDonald’s restaurant owner. “We are excited by this opportunity and look forward to a great day tomorrow.”

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