The Ronald McDonald House Charities are a big deal for a regional medical center out in the middle of the south plains of the Texas Panhandle. Not only is it a remarkable piece of utilitarian architecture, it is full of people working hard for good reasons.
When we closed our little toy store a couple of years ago, there were a lot of toys left. We’ve managed to give most of them away (except for my own personal stash, and my closet of toys for kids who come to call…) but when we started packing to move, we found another small stash of brand new toys that needed a good hom. So today — I took stuffed animals, bears with clothes to change, and a few odd baby rattles to Ronald McDonald House here at the TTU Medical Center. The first time I took them a load of bears, I called and asked what they needed — but today I just showed up — and boy were they excited. With the holidays right around the corner, they now have a full pantry of Santa.
So here’s the thing.
This is what corporate charitable giving should look like. McDonalds is the undisputed king of fast food — we all know that. And however much we make fun of them, they are the reliable place to stop when traveling, and the best fast, nutritious breakfast on the run — period. They should probably burn the machines that make Chicken McNuggets, but that’s a whole other issue.
The bottom line is that they not only set the bar for consistent, clean, and reliable in fast food prep, they also set the bar for using corporate funds to do something healthy and beneficial to individuals in crisis, and to our society as a whole. Giving the families of children in critical and long term medical centers a close, safe, clean, and comfortable place to stay is the work of corporate angels. Whatever else McDonalds does as a company, they did this part right. They make peoples’ lives better. And they keep doing it.
This is what corporations should strive for. Making peoples’ lives better.
As opposed to Chick-fil-a. Home of using corporate charitable funds to encourage discrimation. To make distinctions between those who deserve and those who do not. Whatever else Chick-Fil-A does as a corporation — they got this part wrong. They could have funded medical research. They could have funded scholarships, or holiday toy drives, or book-mobiles or traveling dentistry…. But they didn’t.
They could have practiced pure religion — caring for widows and orphans. The homeless. Veterans. The handicapped. The mentally challenged. Single parents struggling to make ends meet. People caught in the corporate greed machine that started the financial and home-loan crisis. People injured in gun accidents. People who have lost family members to food poisoning or anti-biotic resistant bacteria.
But they didn’t. The corporation so-o-o-o Christian that they won’t sell chicken sandwiches on Sunday, chose to use their money to try and push their religious beliefs — which evidently they do not put into action — on others.
So bravo, Ronald McDonald House Charities, for demonstrating what good can come of good intentions.
So, go have the best, balanced, lean, and high protein breakfast you can get for cheap through a car window — an Egg McMuffin — and feel good about it.
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