Beyond the Arches: Ronald McDonald House Charities

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with McDonald’s®. All opinions remain 100% honest.

When I walk into my local McDonald’s in New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are my favorite crispy fries, a cold drink to help with the New Orleans heat, delicious apple slices and of course the convenience of a quick balanced meal for my kids at a great price. But did you know there is so much more to McDonald’s than the menu?

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Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities® has been McDonald’s charity of choice, with the mission to provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of seriously ill children and other programs that give comfort, compassion and care to children and their families.  Locally, the Ronald McDonald House is located on Canal Street in New Orleans and opened in 1983. This 15 bedroom home includes a huge kitchen, two laundry areas, a toy room, two dens, outside patio and serves an average of 85 families each month.

New Orleans Ronald McDonald House
In addition, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Louisiana (RMHC-SLA) provides:

  • Free immunizations for children in New Orleans and surrounding parishes via the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
  • College scholarships for students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. With the support of McDonald’s owner/operators in the greater New Orleans area, RMHC-SLA awarded 40 – $1,000 scholarships to students in the greater New Orleans area last year.

So the next time you run in to McDonald’s with the kids, know that you are supporting a great cause because McDonald’s donates 1¢ to RMHC for every Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal sold. In fact, I will send you on your way with one $50 McDonald’s gift certificate for one Experimental Mommy reader (enter below). Ready to do more? The RMHC of South Louisiana has volunteer opportunities, too!

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  1. My kids are fry fanatics

  2. Jessica To says:

    My son likes the fries best.

  3. Definitely fries.

  4. rochelle johnson says:

    the apple slices are my sons favorite and my daughter loves the fries

  5. My kids like the fries.

  6. my daughter loves the fries

  7. My niece’s favorite Happy Meal side is fries!

  8. Our kids like the fries. I know they get the apple slices, too.

  9. Nancy Loring says:

    The fries are my daughters favorite but I think it is because she really likes to feed them to the dog. Who doesn’t mind at all.

  10. Susan Smith says:

    My daughter loves the French Fries

  11. Tari Lawson says:

    My son likes the apples.

  12. Margaret Smith says:

    My sons love the fries.

  13. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter loves the Happy Meal fries

  14. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    My son’s favorite is the yogurt.

  15. Danielle Day says:

    The fries.

  16. Sharon Schoepe says:

    My daughter loves the fries

  17. Danielle Wood says:

    My kids like the apple slices, that’s what they always choose

  18. Rebecca Graham says:

    The apple slices are the favorite.

  19. They like the apples 🙂

  20. My granddaughter likes the apples.

  21. joseph gersch says:

    my niece
    s favortie are the apple slices

  22. Adrienne Gordon says:

    It is fries.

  23. Cynthia C says:

    My nieces like the apple slices.

  24. Kristi C says:

    My children’s favorite is the fries.

  25. Erica B. says:

    Definitely cuties!

  26. My kids like the french fries.

  27. Is there anything better than fries?

  28. the apple slices

  29. Kelly Kimmell says:

    My daughter likes the fries!

  30. Lori Walker says:

    The apple slices.

  31. Ashley C says:

    My little ones favorite is the cuties side when they have those!

  32. My daughter likes fries.

  33. ELIZABETH C. says:

    My śon loves the apple slices and my daughter loves the fries.

  34. Ellie Wright says:

    My boys love the fries.

  35. Apple slices

  36. Fries!

  37. Mine liked the fries and apples. Thank you

  38. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    French fries–it’ going to be hard to replace McDonald’s fries 🙂

  39. Fries are the best side at my house

  40. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My grandchildren love McDonald’s fries.

  41. Derek Jennings says:

    My kid loves the sliced apples with caramel!

  42. Linda Lansford says:

    My grandkids like the fries.

  43. paige chandler says:

    fries fries and more fries

  44. of course my grandkids just love the fries the best

  45. Erica Hall says:

    We love the fries but I don’t mind because they usually eat healthy foods.

  46. Bryan Vice says:

    Both of my kids ask for the apples or the yogurt lol sometimes both .. the mostly ask for the apples though

  47. brittany marie thompson says:

    Apple Slices

  48. Steve Weber says:

    french fries.

  49. Janet Woodling says:

    French Fries

  50. Tracy Pryor says:

    He loves the french fries.

  51. Laura Schrillo says:

    The gogurt is our fav.

  52. Terry Cross says:

    My kids always liked the fries the most

  53. Gabrielle kinman says:

    French fries lol thank you.

  54. French fries, of course!

  55. Richard Hicks says:

    They see, tp like apple slices

  56. Julia Barnes says:

    We like the french fries.

  57. Jeanne Rousseau says:

    I’d love to say apple slices but it’s french fries!

  58. Raymond Dodier says:

    He usually wants another Happy Meal as a side. Lol!

  59. paula rousseau says:

    The shakes is what they always ask for

  60. Virginia says:

    The fries are their favorites.

  61. Samantha says:

    She loves to get the apple slices as a side!

  62. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    The yogurt is her favorite so far.

  63. Kathryn C says:

    the apple slices but when they offer mandarin orange slices they are always preferred!

  64. Laurie Emerson says:

    They both love the apple slices.

  65. BILL HOFF says:

    Who doesn’t like the fries?

  66. Stefanie G says:

    she definitely loves the fries but we try to get her the apple slices.

  67. French fries

  68. My niece loves the apple slices

  69. Janice Cooper says:

    Definitely the French Fries

  70. Barbara Fox says:

    Not sure if my kids even still eat happy meals, but my granddaughter loves the apple slices!

  71. Barbara Montag says:

    The kids all love the chocolate milk.
    thank you

  72. My granddaughter has to have the fries with hers.

  73. apple slices are her fav.

  74. The Ronald McDonald House is a charity close to my heart. When my nephew was suffering from pediatric cancer, my brother, sister-in-law and other nephew spent a lot of time at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville, PA because the hospital was so far from home. Unfortunately, my nephew passed away the day before his 10th birthday but every year when I get my income tax money, I make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House in his memory. So if any of your readers are looking for a good charity to donate to, this is one.

  75. Chrystal D says:

    The Apple Slices because they’re crunchy!

  76. Heather S says:

    The apple slices. We love apples

  77. Carolyn Daley says:

    He loves the apple slices.

  78. they like the fries

  79. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My child’s favorite Happy Meal side is the Cuties . She loves those.

  80. Valerie Mabrey says:

    granddaughter always goes for the fries first!

  81. My son loves the fries.

  82. My daughter loves the French Fries

  83. Liam Dilger says:

    I very much enjoy the fries in the happy meal. I know they are terrible for me but I just love them so much.

  84. My granddaughter loves the apples as a side.

  85. Janice B says:

    My son loves the gogurt side.

  86. Janine Hwang says:

    My kids like the go-gurt

  87. katherine says:

    Thankfully mine loves the cuties

  88. Charlotte W says:

    My son likes French fries.

  89. the girls love their french fries! 🙂



  91. Michelle Hill says:

    French fries

  92. S Riches says:

    French fries are their favorite side.

  93. mami2jcn says:

    My kids love the fries!

  94. Julie Wood says:

    My daughter loves the fries!

  95. Ellen Casper says:

    My boys love the fries…

  96. Fries, they are good.

  97. Danielle says:

    Mine always asks for the apples but I want the fries 🙂

  98. Christopher Mason says:


  99. Francine Anchondo says:

    the fries.

  100. Julie Hawkins says:

    My kids like the apple slices for a side

  101. Apple slices and then fries.

  102. Jill Rivera says:

    My kids love the fries, whatever they do to them. They are so good.

  103. Fries, my daughter could eat fries all day everyday.

  104. My daughter loves the apples and the fries, usually gets both. Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  105. Mandi Smith says:

    The toy is Madison’s favorite side lol, no seriously though its the fries.

  106. My son’s favorite are the fries.

  107. Susan Christy says:

    French Fries!

  108. My niece loves french fries.

  109. Tracy Shafer says:

    They all love the fries.

  110. Rachel Freer says:

    My son is a french fry addict.

  111. Jenny Ham says:

    Fries of course

  112. Apple Slices!

  113. I don’t have kids, but I would say the small fries.

  114. Fries, cause they don’t get them at home! 😉

  115. Apple slices are the favorite side.

  116. Kelli Bryson says:

    They love apples

  117. Shelly VanDyne says:

    Apple slices are what we choose!

  118. Donna Clifford says:


  119. Karla R. says:

    My daughters like apple slices.

  120. Breanna Pollard says:


  121. mickeyfan says:

    They eat the fries and then fruit!

  122. Tracie Cooper says:

    My niece loves the apple slices!

  123. It is definitely the french fries.

  124. Celeste Herrin says:

    Mine likes the apple slices the most. Thank you so much for this awesome chance!

  125. Kathy Pease says:

    My granddaughter loves french fries

  126. Bea Alexandra says:

    The sliced apples are their favorite.

  127. Amy Deeter says:

    My child’s favorite Happy Meal side is french fries

  128. rhonda miotke says:

    The french fries

  129. ReggieMann says:

    My favorite is French Fries 🙂

  130. Jessie Redding says:

    Apple slices but we so miss the caramel sauce!

  131. dana germain says:

    my son loves the go gurt my daughter loves the fries

  132. Kathy Hanley says:

    My daughter loves the fries and apple slices!

  133. amanda whitley says:

    believe it or not my kids love the apple slices most.

  134. We can’t get enough McDonalds fries.

  135. apple slices, or the oranges when they have them

  136. Kelley Foulk says:

    my sons favorite is apples

  137. Crystal F says:

    We all love the fries!! Thank you!

  138. Jennifer Reed says:

    My child love’s the fries as a side the most.

  139. Kelly Grant says:

    French fries. And being the terrible parents we are we let him have them lol.

  140. The fries of course

  141. Jennifer Bay says:

    French fries for sure!!!!

  142. Kim Naumann says:

    Apple slices

  143. Kim Keithline says:

    My kids love french fries

  144. They always ask for the apple slices!

  145. Twins = GoGurt & Youngest = Apple slices 🙂 I end up eating their fries because they are not fond of them LOL

  146. My son loves cuties

  147. Jennifer Wilson says:

    French Fries — of course! 🙂

  148. Anita Jude says:

    they love fries

  149. Scott Winchester says:

    French Fries !

  150. Kirsten K says:

    French Fries!

  151. Rhonda Fuller says:

    Fries for sure

  152. Jillian Too says:

    Our little guy loves the fries.

  153. Fries

  154. Lyvona Perry says:

    Without a doubt, FRIES

  155. When my daughter was young she liked the fries. As a matter of fact she still likes them.

  156. Nicole C says:

    My daughter likes the fries.

  157. Eugenia Hall says:

    No kids, but I do love the fries!

  158. Tina Reynolds says:

    Mine love the gogurt (daughter and the apple slices boys

  159. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Fries, fries, and much more fries. The more, the merrier!

  160. Hollie Jahnke says:

    My daughter loves fries.

  161. Brittney House says:

    My kids love the apple slices.

  162. My daughter loves the cuties oranges they’re her favorite

  163. They love french fries.

  164. Michelle H. says:

    It would be the fries.

  165. shannon vollmer says:


  166. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter loves the fries.

  167. Amanda Stovall says:

    My daughter loves fries & would rather have one of their Cuties rather than the typical choice of either apple slices or yogurts… And my son loves their apple slices & also gets fries with his Happy Meals. 🙂

  168. My grandson loves the apple slices the best.

  169. The apple slices!

  170. Nancy Schools says:


  171. Gina Rock says:

    My daughter likes the apple slices in her happy meal!

  172. Sarah L says:

    Apples are her favorite.
    Thanks for the contest.

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