McHappy Day benefits kids

North Okanagan residents have the chance to put McSmiles on the faces of some local families.

The 18th annual McHappy Day takes place Wednesday at more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada, including those in Vernon and Armstrong.

“McHappy Day is a very special day at McDonald’s as it is part of an exciting effort to raise funds in support of Canadian children in need,” said Natasha Sellers, with the Vernon/Armstrong McDonald’s.

Throughout the day, $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and coffee sold will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Locally, the funds will stay at B.C. House in Vancouver to help local families and children.

“How does supporting RMHC locally help? Well, 42 per cent of the families staying at the House come from the Okanagan,” said Sellers.

“On average, 10 families from the Vernon area are helped every year.”

To help celebrate this special day, Vernon and Armstrong McDonald’s Restaurants will feature a number of special guest staff members.

“It is a McHappy Day tradition for civic and community leaders to join us in our restaurants to celebrate with our customers,” said Sellers.

This year’s McHappy Day will also offer free delivery service between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to Vernon businesses with orders over $30. Call 250-545-6337 by Tuesday to place your orders.

Since it’s inception in 1977, the event has raised nearly $32 million across Canada.