SPOKANE, Wash. — Area children who need health care services and other essential children’s programs will benefit from customers at Spokane area McDonald’s restaurants Nov. 20-23. As part of World Children’s Day activities, the restaurants are donating 10 cents from every premium salad sold and 10 cents from every order of french fries sold to the Spokane Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and the Spokane Ronald McDonald House Charities. Proceeds from the sale of these items will be split between these two local operations.

The Spokane Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which began operating in 2002, is sponsored by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing and Inland Northwest Health Services. It, too, has support from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, Spokane McDonald’s Restaurants and several local funding partners.

The Care Mobile is staffed by nurse practitioners from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing. It is a unique clinic on wheels that reaches out to children where they live and go to school. Health care services include primary care, including diagnosis, treatment, referral and follow-up for serious medical conditions.

“We’re hoping Spokane area residents will remember to eat at local McDonald’s restaurants Thursday through Sunday of this week, order a salad and/or fries and know that a portion of their purchase is going to help children in our community with health care and other essential services,” said Debbie Haberman, director of external relations and advancement at the WSU College of Nursing.

The Care Mobile provides health care services at Rogers High School, Stevens Elementary School, Glover Middle School and Bethel AME Church one day each week during the 2003-04 school year. Most insurance is accepted and no one is turned away for an inability to pay for services.  To schedule an appointment, call the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile office at (509) 324-7291.

World Children’s Day began last year to call attention to philanthropic efforts benefiting children. Funds raised from World Children’s Day efforts around the globe will benefit Ronald McDonald House charities chapters and other children’s causes in communities worldwide (http://www.mcdonalds.com/corporate/whatsnew/childrensday/).

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College. Each year, the college educates more than 650 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state. For more information about the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college Web site at nursing.wsu.edu.