McDonald's giving back on Nebraska Strong Day

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If you are looking for a way to help the victims impacted by the flooding, one way you can do so is by heading over to your local McDonald's.

Amidst the record flooding happening across Nebraska and Iowa, local McDonald's owner-operators are coming together in support of #NebraskaStrong and #IowaStrong to raise funds for the local American Red Cross and other local charities in need to aid flood relief efforts.

On Friday, participating McDonald’s restaurants in Nebraska and western Iowa will donate 10 percent of the entire day’s sales to further support communities devastated by the flood. Proceeds from the fundraiser are expected to exceed $100,000.

“Everyone is doing their part to lift our communities because it’s the right thing to do,” said Nate Leonard, who, along with his father Steve and brother-in-law Blake Zogleman, owns McDonald’s restaurants in Omaha, Fremont, Norfolk, Missouri Valley, Shelby and Atlantic, Iowa. “Volunteers are working around the clock, schools are short on water and sanitizer, some of our employees are without homes. We want to do all we can do to support those in need.”

Nearly two dozen McDonald’s owner-operators of the Great Plains Co-op live and work within the regions affected by the flood. They’ve seen the heartbreak and are working alongside their neighbors to rebuild their communities, choosing to give back in a big way. Sales collected from open to close at participating restaurants in Nebraska and western Iowa will go back to the community through donations to local disaster relief organizations.

“We rely heavily on our surrounding communities and want to do our part to help in this devastating time,” said Erin Barr, who owns restaurants in Nebraska City, Shenandoah and Rock Port. “We are stronger together and I’m so proud to be a part of an organization that supports our communities.”

“As local McDonald’s owner-operators, we are in a unique position to leverage our reach across the state and the region to inspire our neighbors to help the cause,” said Greg Hall, who, along with his brother Cory, owns restaurants in Columbus and in central and eastern Nebraska. “We know the entire community is doing so much, we are just hoping to amplify those efforts.”

The Great Plains Co-op is made up of 238 restaurants and 55 owner-operators spanning the state of Nebraska, western Iowa, St. Joseph, Missouri, and the greater Kansas City metro area.

The owner-operators in Kansas City and St. Joseph will hold a similar fundraiser on Wednesday for communities in that region, as well as to help Nebraska and Iowa communities. That fundraiser is also expected to raise more than $100,000 for the cause.