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From RMHC website:

A strong mind. A strong body. And a safe, supportive place to grow. These are things that every child needs - and deserves - to have.

Helping to provide these things is what RMHC aims to do.

By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities is working to better the lives of children and their families around the world.

To date, RMHC and our global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $400 million dollars in grants worldwide towards our mission to make an immediate and positive impact on as many children as possible. And with support from a global network of more than 180 independent local Chapters in 47 countries - as well as hundreds of thousands of passionate and caring people - we've had plenty of success.

2003 World Children's Day

2004 World Children's Day

2005 Rose Bowl Parade



RMHC World Children's Day PageClay Aiken Challenges America to Take His Hand in Support of Children Around the World by...

Children in Need Are the Focus of McDonald's(R) World Children's Day Celebrations

Press Tour World Children's Day 2003 Case Study

McDonald's Kicks-Off Season of Giving With Successful Fundraiser

Going Once...Going Twice...Going To Meet Multi-Platinum Superstar Clay Aiken Courtesy Of McDonald's Corporation

On 11/20/2003, Clay participated in the World Children's day fundraiser. World Children's Day is McDonald's annual global fundraiser for children celebrated across 32,000 McDonald's restaurants in more than 121 countries. Funds raised will benefit local children's causes in communities around the world. The World Children's Day is celebrated every year on November 20th, a date which was chosen to coincide with the inauguration of the first UNICEF 'Convention on the Rights of the Child' in 1989.

McDonald’s restaurants across the country celebrate World Children’s Day on November 20 by donating $1 from the sale of select menu items to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Customers in the U.S. could also support RMHC through the Give A Hand in-restaurant program. For each hand sold at participating McDonald’s restaurants, $1 is given to support RMHC.

In 2004, Clay was named an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities and he kicked off the events that year by singing at the McDonald House Charities Awards of Excellence Gala for Danny Glover on 11/6/04. He performed This is the Night, Solitaire, Look What Love Has Done, and All The Children.

On 11/9/04 Clay appeared with other celebrities as part of the McDonald's World Children's Day event. This raised money for the Ronald McDonald house and other children's charities. He put his handprints in cement and raised more money than all the rest of the items combined.

On 1/1/05, Clay took part in the Rose Bowl Parade. He rode on the 1st Ronald McDonald House Charities Float.