Harrington Raceway and Casino donation drive benefits Ronald McDonald House of Delaware

Harrington Raceway and Casino hosted a “Help A Child” donation drive that brought in more than 6 bulk pallet boxes filled with items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

There were nearly 1,700 customers that supported the October 14 supply drive, which was held from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., with an overwhelming response of generosity in donations. Customers were given suggestions of items to donate from a “wish list” that included paper towels, individually wrapped snacks, copy paper and trash bags. Monetary donations were also accepted and exceeded $5,500. Approximately $4,735 worth of supplies and $3,000 in food were collected.

Harrington Raceway and Casino’s Chief Operating Officer of Hospitality, Hank Rosenberg is also a member of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s Board of Directors.

“I am very fortunate to work for a company that gives so much back and stresses the importance of being involved in the local community,” said Rosenberg. “The largest area that the Ronald McDonald House services is lower Delaware. I have been on the Board of Directors for close to three years now and cherish the very small role that I play in giving comfort to these families during some of their most trying times. Every nonprofit in the country is facing budgetary challenges and the thousands of dollars in cash donations and supplies that we collected will be a great help to the house. The Ronald McDonald House is so appreciative of the Harrington Raceway and Casino for putting on this promotion and the over 1,600 people that came out to support them.”

Approximately 37% of the families serviced by Ronald McDonald House of Delaware live in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Wal-Mart and The Food Bank of Delaware also played a pivotal role in the event by providing resources to help transport the donated items.

Harrington Raceway and Casino has hosted similar events for a variety of charitable causes in the past, with recent beneficiaries like the Food Bank of Delaware, First State Animal Center and SPCA, and the USO.

The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a safe and affordable “home away from home” to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals and operates three Ronald McDonald family rooms within pediatric units of hospitals across Delaware.

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, please visit rmhde.org.

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