Restaurant serves smiles

McDonald’s Restaurants in Vernon and Armstrong are preparing for its annual McHappy Day Wednesday.

Have a hamburger, help a sick child.

McDonald’s Restaurants in Vernon and Armstrong are preparing for its annual McHappy Day Wednesday.

“This year marks the 23rd McHappy Day in McDonald’s in Canada since it started in 1977,” said Natasha Sellers, with the North Okanagan McDonald’s.

It is the company’s longest-running and best-known national fundraising event with more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants celebrating McHappy Day this year.

Proceeds on McHappy Day from the sale of Big Macs, Happy Meals and coffee, along with donations, goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Ronald McDonald Houses and hundreds of other local children’s charities.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $50.8 million.

At the heart of its community commitment is RMHC Canada, which is dedicated to giving sick children the one thing they need most: their families.