KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo., was surprised Thursday when they received a signed Chris Jones jersey and a bag full of Big Mac sandwiches and Happy Meals.
“It’s the first time I’ve received a jersey from a team. It’s a blessing, it’s a good thing,” said Leonard Davis, who is staying at Ronald McDonald House with his wife and daughters while her son is at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
the the charity operates three homes on Hospital Hill where out-of-town families can stay for free while their children are in hospital.
Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones and his Sack Nation Foundation teamed up with owner-operators of local McDonald’s restaurants to donate $500 to Ronald McDonald House for every bag the Chiefs get in Sunday’s NFL playoff game.
The Chiefs take on the Pittsburg Steelers at GEHA Field in Arrowhead Stadium. The commitment remains in effect throughout the playoffs.
On Monday, fans can also enjoy a free Big Mac buy if the Chiefs save a bag on Sunday.
Davis, who lives in the town of Medicine Lodge in south-central Kansas, reiterated how much of an impact Ronald McDonald House had throughout his son’s hospital stay.
“I can’t thank them enough for all they do. I’m so lucky to have the team they have here,” Davis said. “What they’re doing here is so cool.”
Davis said her 3-month-old son, also named Leonard, had surgery on Thursday. Doctors said everything went well.
The family is optimistic that she will soon be able to return home.