This Thursday at more than 500 McDonald's restaurants across the state, people can purchase red-and-white-striped knit hats.
The purchase of the hats supports the five Ronald McDonald houses in Michigan.
This is the third year for the program. In previous years, customers wore red and white socks and mittens from McDonald's.
The hats can be purchased for $5. Proceeds will be split between the Ronald McDonald Houses of Detroit, Western Michigan, Ann Arbor, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Mid-Michigan.
The five Houses collectively provide a home away from home for more than 3,550 families of ill children each year. Collectively, they support kids who receive care from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Sparrow Health System, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Forest View Hospital and Metro Health-University of Michigan Hospital.
The Houses provide a full system of support for the families including a warm and comfortable room, transportation services, kitchens, laundry, living rooms, and areas to study, work and play. They also provide unique support services and allow families to connect with each other for support. All Houses are open 24/7 and have a combined 93 bedrooms. A family’s average stay ranges from four to 18 days.