It’s year 3 for little girl collecting cards and money for Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo!

November 13, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Three years ago, a then 4-year old McKensie Kopack watched her mom open up some Christmas cards. She said she wished she could get some cards, too.

So, Carolyn thought about what she could do to get the cards for her daughter, and maybe having a teaching moment about the meaning behind the holiday.

So – she did what anyone else would do; she put up a Facebook post and asked folks to send McKensie a card – and for every card, she would donate a dollar to The Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo.

A few weeks later, McKensie and her mom dropped off the $50 they’d collected. It was a wonderful experience that led to a tradition.

She did it again last year – this time raising a whopping $400! Carolyn says her daughter loves doing this – and last year was amazing “I was overwhelmed. Cards were coming from all over.”

Carolyn says it means the world, “It makes me feel good knowing that my little girl is happy and more importantly that it would all benefit others going through a tough time.”

This year – they’ve increased their goal to $500.

It’s a win-win. The charity wins. And the happy, healthy six-year-old learns a very valuable lesson, “For McKensie it is a rewarding feeling knowing she is helping someone else.”

If you’d like to help McKensie reach her goal, just send her a card to:

McKensie Wilson 
410 Hamilton Blvd
Kenmore NY 14217

More information on the collection HERE.

Carolyn says this will be one holiday tradition that will live on for a very long time. Way to go, McKensie!!!!

The Ronald McDonald House allows families to focus on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. The local house opened in 1983 and since then has had more than 18,000 families stay there free of charge.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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