KANSAS CITY, Mo. – People buy Chiefs flags every year on Red Friday before the season opens to support the team. But the proceeds from these sales also support Ronald McDonald House.
Red Friday kicked off with a bang, as always this year, as a drummer line greeted people lining up in the McDonalds area to get the chefs’ Red Friday flags as early as 5 a.m.
Chef legend Bobby Bell was more than happy to take people’s $ 5 and maybe a little extra change with these magic tricks.
KC Wolf, Chiefs cheerleaders, Governor Mike Parson and Team President Clark Hunt were all part of the festivities helping to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.
“It’s such an important charity that does a great job for families in need,” Hunt said.
One of these families thought they were at a McDonald’s in Overland Park talking about their experience with Ronald McDonald House.
“It’s a private room when your daughter has a very long surgery. These are the amenities they provide with the last minute toiletries that they need. Or a bed to rest for the night, ”Amy Brown said.
Then last season’s Chiefs bag leader Chris Jones surprised the Browns. This time he wasn’t looking for the quarterback but headed for Anayah, 11, Brown’s daughter.
“That’s what’s important today and we want to make sure we treat her in a special way,” Chiefs lineman Chris Jones said.
Anayah spent five months at Children’s Mercy and Ronald McDonald House with a congenital heart defect and still has other hurdles to overcome.
But on Friday, she was with one of her favorite players, making Big Macs in the kitchen. Jones had a few tips for improving the Big Mac Extra Sauce, Extra Pickles, but they slowly emerged.
“I love the way she (Anayah) made hers, I’m going to do mine like that too,” he said.
Then they enjoyed their creations with the rest of the family.
“Being able to meet people you inspire off the pitch is amazing. It’s very lucky, ”Jones said.
“I know people today may not understand what this money will be used for, but it really helps reduce the burden on families with sick children,” said Anayah’s father, Charles Brown.
Kansas City McDonald’s will be running a Big Mac Sack promotion again this season. If the Chiefs get an in-game bag, the Big Macs buy one and get one for free the next day. This year, for the first time, McDonald’s franchise owners have pledged to step up the promotion, donating $ 150 for each Chiefs regular season bag and $ 500 for those in the playoffs at Ronald McDonald House.
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