Jay's HOPE Foundation received $2,500, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia received $3,500 from the Central Georgia EMC Foundation to support their missions.
Jay's HOPE seeks to fill the gap caused by a childhood cancer diagnosis. They will use their grant to help fund their annual Back 2 School Bash. Urban Air in Macon will host this year's event, and over 100 childhood cancer patients and their siblings are expected to attend. Kids will enjoy socializing and using the facility, while parents will receive gift cards to help purchase back-to-school supplies.
"Our Back 2 School Bash means so much to our kids and their families," said Jay's HOPE Development Director Christie Johnson. "Both social and educational needs are being supported through the help of the Central Georgia EMC Foundation."
The Ronald McDonald House also received grant assistance to support families in crisis. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia is to provide care and support for families of seriously ill, critically injured, or medically fragile children being treated at area medical facilities.The funds received will be used for their Share-A-Night program, which helps defray the cost of a family's stay at the house.
"The Share-A-Night ensures no family is turned away due to inability to pay," said Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia President & CEO Bonnie Hopkins. "The support provided by our community and the Central Georgia EMC Foundation is so appreciated."
The average Operation Round Up participant's donation is fifty cents per month, but that "change" adds up to makes a big difference in local communities.