NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are investigating after a donation box for the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville was stolen from an area McDonald’s.
The box was displayed near a register in the McDonald’s at 3470 Lebanon Road in Hermitage, near Old Hickory Boulevard. The theft took place Sunday night.
Donations from canisters make up about 10 percent of total donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, accounting for about $150,000 each year.
The house serves 32 families every night.
Heather Powell, development director for the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, says the organization relies on private donations. So when someone steals money, it hurts.
“Definitely we would miss the income that comes from even one canister if it were to be stolen,” said Powell.
She continued, “We want to make sure those moneys that people donate come to where they’re intended, which is at the Ronald McDonald House to help families and sick kids who need a place to stay when they’re far from home.”
The Gray Family McDonald’s company owns and operates 24 McDonald’s restaurants in Nashville. They sent the following statement regarding the theft:
Ronald McDonald House Charities meet a pressing need in our community. Our guests have been very generous in their support through the canister program, and we are thankful for each and every contribution. We are saddened that someone would attempted to negate the goodwill of our guests. We are working closely with police to see that justice is served in this matter. McDonald’s and the Gray Family will be providing funds to cover this loss.
Anyone with information should contact Nashville CrimeStoppers at 615-74-CRIME.