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MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS HELP CUSTOMERS SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT FOR HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS

 MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS HELP CUSTOMERS SUPPORT
 DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT FOR HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS
 NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning this Saturday, McDonald's Restaurants of the tri-state area will participate in a nationwide fund-raising campaign encouraging McDonald's customers to help support disaster victims of Hurricane Andrew. As part of this effort, McDonald's will distribute pre-addressed, postage paid American Red Cross Disaster Relief contribution envelopes and provide counter canisters for collecting in-store donations.
 "Through this program we'll be able to appeal to millions of people who visit McDonald's everyday across the country, and use their donations to provide around-the-clock assistance for thousands of disaster-stricken families" said Elizabeth Dole, president of the American Red Cross. "We are very grateful for McDonald's continued support, including the thousands of meals and donations from restaurants in the affected areas, and a $200,000 grant to our Disaster Relief Fund from Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.
 "Everyone in our community is truly concerned about the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew," said Peter Hunt, president of McDonald's tri-state area cooperative. "Our goal in distributing the envelopes and providing collection canisters in our restaurants, is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to support this disaster relief effort."
 Customers can pick up the contribution envelopes at any area McDonald's, enclose a check or money order, and drop it in the mail to the American Red Cross.
 McDonald's is the world's largest quick service restaurant organization, serving over 22 million people each day in more than 12,000 restaurants in 52 countries. Seventy-five percent of McDonald's restaurant businesses are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs.
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 /CONTACT: Jacquie Palacios of the Rowland Co., 212-527-8846, for McDonald's Restaurants/ CO: McDonald's Restaurants ST: New York IN: LEI SU:


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