THAYER -- On Jan. 27 Thayer McDonalds joined more than 58 McDonalds's Restaurants and 25 Great Southern Banks in the Ozarks as they began their Share a Heart Campaign.
Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard joined 40 other mayors across the region last week as he signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 6-12 as Ronald McDonald House Week in Thayer. This is the 12th year for the campaign.
For 18 days, residents in southern Missouri will be asked to support this effort as they visit their local McDonald's by purchasing a red heart for $1. With every dollar donated, the contributor will autograph a heart that will be placed at the Thayer McDonald's through Valentines Day.
In addition to the heart campaign, everyone who purchases a heart will receive an official entry form for the May 6 drawing for a Polar Kraft XT175 bass boat and trailer.
All proceeds made from the sale of the hearts will go toward operating the Ronald McDonald House. For Thayer, Mammoth Spring and Oregon County residents the closest house is located in Springfield and is named the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.
The house has served over 6,000 families. It has served as a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill and injured children who must travel from rural areas for medical care.
The mission of the house is to provide lodging, hope and comfort as well as emotional support during a family's time of need. This year the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks celebrates its 18th year.
In the past 18 years 82 Oregon County families have been served by the Springfield Ronald McDonald House. In 2005 alone five Oregon County families made use of the services of the house. Thirty-six Fulton County, Ark., families have used the house since it has opened.