COURTENAY, B.C- The McDonald’s franchises in the Comox Valley are giving back to the community this week.

According to an announcement from the local branches of the restaurant chain, a total of $9,000 was raised during the 2018 McHappy Day in the Valley.

The donations from customers, staff, and volunteers will be split between the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) and Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon.

“On May 2nd, 55 volunteers joined McDonalds crew at the Cliffe Avenue, Lerwick Road and Anderton Road locations,” read part of the announcement.

“These special guests rolled up their sleeves to work behind the counter, greeting guests in the dining rooms, working in the drive thrus and helping in the kitchen. They brought incredible energy and enthusiasm while helping to raise funds for two essential organizations.”

Nationwide, a total of $5.6 million was raised for childrens charities in local communities and Ronald McDonald Houses.

“Our team at Comox Valley McDonald’s, is proud to provide support for the Child Development Association and Ronald McDonald House,” said Stuart Aldred, the local owner and operator.

“Thank you to the community, the incredible volunteers who helped out in our restaurants and our dedicated managers and crew, we are thrilled to be providing this donation.”

The announcement also indicated that with this year’s fundraising, over $30,000 through McHappy Day has been raised to support the CVCDA’s construction of a new autism centre.