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Chiefs team up with Ronald McDonald House for Red Friday fundraiser

Posted at 9:33 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 10:51:04-04

ROELAND PARK, Kan. — Chiefs Kingdom is coming back to life in Kansas City this weekend as the football season kicks off. 

The Friday before the opening game is known as Red Friday. The city's fountains turn red, along with other landmarks such as Union Station and the Bond Bridge.

McDonald's restaurants across Kansas City sell the signature Chiefs Kingdom flags for $5 each, and the money raised goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

The organization operates three homes in Kansas City to provide shelter to families of children who are in the hospital for extended stays. Last year, the flag sales raised more than $330,000. 

Scattered around town are ten golden flags, much like "golden tickets" you may recognize from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The person who receives the golden flag gets two tickets to the Chiefs home opener and free Big Macs for one year. 

The Chiefs play the Chargers in Los Angeles at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.