COUNTDOWN TO ST PADDYS: Mickey D's Shamrock Shake Story - Inspiring to say the least!

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I enjoyed my treat of my one and only one, Shamrock Shake on Saturday and LOVED it! (as I knew I would!!!) Then I remembered this blog post I wrote back in 2011 that I thought was worthy of sharing with our newer readers. So, if you've not had your Shamrock Shake yet, times a'wastin!

We're quickly approaching St Patrick's Day and it seems everyone wants to be Irish!

Everywhere you look, people will be taking part in the wearing (and drinking) of the green and McDonalds is no exception.

Their Shamrock Shake goes way back though, to a lovely story . . .

from the McDonalds website:

"It all began with a little girl, a football team, and a visionary doctor. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill's daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and began treatment. The Hill family were camping out in waiting rooms in hospitals and saw other families doing the same. They realized that many families travelling long distances to visit their sick family members had nowhere to stay and could not afford hotel rooms.

The Hill family did something about it. Hill and his team decided to raise some funds. The team's general manager, Jim Murray, called a friend in McDonald's advertising and suggested the team on the next promotional push. It just happened to be St. Patrick's Day.

The Shamrock Shake raised enough money to buy a four-story house which was the first Ronald McDonald House Charity."

Isn't it amazing what one family, one vision, one team effort can accomplish. I am thankful for big hearted people who think of others whilst dealing with their own pain. Thank you Hill family (and McDonalds).

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Susan Emo
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Carla -  I think they added some mint too but, let the green flow!

Mar 05, 2011 03:16 AM #27
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Susan Emo
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Hi Kathy -  from Wikipedia:  There are currently 305 Ronald McDonald Houses in 52 countries and regions.

Mar 05, 2011 03:18 AM #28
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Susan--My kids always looked forward to their green shake from McDonald's---but I never knew the story behind it or if I did, I have forgotten it! Amazing how such a small item can make such a big difference!
Mar 06, 2011 09:34 AM #29
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Pat - when people come together, anything is possible.
Mar 06, 2011 09:52 AM #30
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Susan - I've never even heard of the Shamrock Shake. I'll have to share that one with my kids. Great Story!
Mar 16, 2011 12:14 PM #31
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Carla -  I just loved learning about how the Ronald McDonald houses came to be.  Share the wealth by getting your Irish on!!

Mar 16, 2011 12:25 PM #32
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Well I'm so glad you re posted this in 2013 I did not know this story and have never had a shamrock shake. This is a nice story and I could go for a shake right now except in NY we call them malteds.

Feb 25, 2013 04:16 AM #33
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LOL Liz -  I don't think a "Shamrock Malted" has the same ring !   Let me know what you think of it when you give it a try. 

Feb 25, 2013 04:19 AM #34
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I am "Irish" sort of... as my great.... great... 10 generations back grandpa Matthew Talbot was born in Ireland in 1699.  But the fact of the matter is I am not drining a green milkshake.  Doesn't sound/look appealing to me at all.  But I will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  I always have birthday cake :)

Feb 25, 2013 05:06 AM #35
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Susan: Thanks for sharing this! It is awesome. I am bookmarking this to re-blog in March! 

Feb 25, 2013 05:12 AM #36
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Tammy - it is mint flavoured, not slime, LOL   Try it at least and know that it is for a good cause :)

Feb 25, 2013 05:13 AM #37
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Joni - get the word out now . . .  they'll soon be gone!

Feb 25, 2013 05:14 AM #38
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Susan-That is a wonderful story I never knew. The power of one can be a force that snowballs which this did. I am not sure I would like drinking something green and definitely not this year and it is for a good cause that I am not partaking. Enjoy yours. I am Irish but I don't know if it is from Northern Ireland or not. I am a stubborn Irish gal. Smling

Feb 25, 2013 08:32 AM #39
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Hi Sharon -  you can miss out on this magically delicious shake this year -  OR you could treat someone else to one - would your Mother enjoy one?

Feb 25, 2013 09:25 AM #40
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That is a great story... I don't typically frequent that establishment, but it makes me think that I might.

Feb 25, 2013 09:38 AM #41
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Hi Kathy -  not my first choice either, but . . .   

Feb 25, 2013 09:54 AM #42
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Susan,

I'll never look at a Shamrock Shake the same way again! What a wonderful story.

Jo

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Hi Susan - found your blog from Joni Staples's reblog. I never knew the origin or how Ronald McDonald house got started. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and for reminding us that all it takes is a vision.

Mar 02, 2013 02:44 AM #44
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Jo-Anne -  I hope you capture one before it is too late!

Mar 02, 2013 04:31 AM #45
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Sarah and Les -  They do such good work I feel it is the least I can do to support them :0)

 

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