On May 11, 2022, McDonald’s restaurants in Midland and Elmvale partnered with the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto for McHappy Day®. A total of $26,000 was raised, and the GBGH Foundation received $13,000 to purchase safe, reliable Phototherapy Light Systems, used to help newborns with hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice).
“Year after year we feel so very proud to be part of such a giving community,” says Carol Cruden, co-owner of the McDonald’s restaurants in Midland & Elmvale. “We want to say thank you so much to everyone for their generosity and support. A special thank you to our entire McDonald’s team, and the many volunteers who came out to help make McHappy Day® a great success.”
In 2018, Mark & Carol Cruden, owners of the McDonald’s restaurants in Midland and Elmvale, began a partnership with the GBGH Foundation to direct a portion of McHappy Day® proceeds to help the local hospital’s smallest patients. Funds from the campaign have helped to build a children’s play area in the redeveloped Emergency department at GBGH, and they continue to help purchase items for the hospital’s Birthing Unit.
“We are so fortunate to see such amazing generosity from passionate community supporters like Mark & Carol Cruden,” shares Angie Saini, vice-president of Clinical Services and chief nursing executive, GBGH. “Their contribution to equip our Birthing Unit with new phototherapy lights will provide safe treatment and recovery for babies with jaundice and empower our team to continue to deliver exceptional patient-centered care.”