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Restaurant teams up with KC Ronald McDonald House for Giving Tuesday

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 19:06:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City business couldn't pass up the chance to help those in need this Giving Tuesday.

Barrio KC teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities to help dozens of families going through a difficult time.

One of those families includes 16-year-old Mackenzie Correll, who suffers from a long list of conditions, including celiac disease, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), bilateral periventricular nodular heterotopia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, arthritis and epilepsy.

Mackenzie's mother, Shelly, said it was difficult to watch her daughter change so quickly.

"She went from running to not even being able to hardly walk a lap around the gym," Shelly Correll said.

The family has stayed in Kansas City Ronald McDonald houses on and off for the last few years.

"It's like a home away from home," Mackenzie Correll said.

They've met lifelong friends and made some incredible memories, including meeting several Kansas City Chiefs players.

It's families like the Corrells that benefit directly from donations — which, for the first time on Giving Tuesday, are coming from Barrio KC.

Brookside Barrio General Manager Anne Hughes said it's important to the restaurant to give back and support local charities.

"If you come in Tuesday and purchase a loaded queso or our featured margarita, we'll donate a dollar to the Ronald McDonald House," Hughes said.

Ronald McDonald House Charities CEO Tami Greenberg said donations are crucial to keep the place up and running.

"What that money helps us do is take care of those families,” Greenberg said. “They don't pay to stay here, there's no charge to be in a Ronald McDonald house."

All donations made directly to the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday will be matched by an anonymous donor.