Donations Needed to Build Another Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities is trying to raise money to build another South Florida facility

By Christina Hernandez
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 11:29 PM EDT
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McDonald's Seeks Donations to Build Another Ronald McDonald House

McDonald's Seeks Donations to Build Another Ronald McDonald House

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McDonald's is serving up more than hamburgers and french fries.Their Ronald McDonald House Charity is changing the lives of South Floridians.

Now, they need the community to help.

With her feeding tube still in, Angela Bushi enjoyed a happy meal, and the toys at a McDonald's in North Miami Beach on Monday. The 6-year-old just had a liver transplant in December.

"She was very sick," said Petrit Bushi, Angela's dad.

Petrit Bushi and his family live in Jacksonville, but Angela was cared for in Miami.

Thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, the Bushis were able to stay in a home away from home for months while their daughter was healing. Bushi said he doesn't know what they would've done without the charity.

"You have a room. You have a bathroom. You have a nice kitchen. You can cook," Bushi said. "It helped us a lot."

It is all possible with 'change for the heart.' Starting Monday, and lasting all week, every South Florida McDonald's will have a coke bottle to collect money for a third Ronald McDonald House.

The charity's executive director Soraya Moya said one facility in Fort Lauderdale and one in Miami isn't enough.

"We have so many families we actually have a waiting list," Moya said.

The Ronald McDonald House also wants to beat a world record for the most coins donated to a charity, $235,000 dollars worth. It's change that add up to something Bushi said you can't put a price on.

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