Picture On a cold December day in 2001, I was in Ukraine and wondering, «What am I going to do for Christmas?» That’s when I got an idea that would eventually change the lives of thousands of orphans!
Back then, McDonalds was opening flashy new restaurants all over the former Soviet Union. In the city of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, McDonalds was the «elite» place to eat! Poor folks and orphan children, however, only dreamed of being able to eat there.
So I thought, «Why not take as many orphans as I can to McDonalds for a Christmas party?» What a thrill that day was for me! The first Christmas there were 46 orphans, who, of course, had never been to McDonalds before. The kids were so excited they were shaking in their seats while they waited for their Happy Meals. Then, after the kids finished eating, they put their cups, straws and wrappers into their bags, and I watched in amazement as they even folded up the little paper placemats, to take back to the orphanage with them.»
Every year since then, between 2,000 and 5,000 orphan children are taken to McDonalds at Christmas for a HUGE celebration of Jesus’ birthday!