Harrington Raceway and Casino hosted a "Help A Child" donation drive that brought in more than six bulk pallet boxes filled with items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

Nearly 1,700 customers supported the Oct. 14 supply drive, which was held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Customers were given suggestions of items to donate from a “wish list” that included paper towels, individually wrapped snacks, copy paper and trash bags. Monetary donations were also accepted and exceeded $5,500. About $4,735 worth of supplies and $3,000 in food were collected.

Harrington Raceway and Casino’s Chief Operating Officer of Hospitality, Hank Rosenberg is also a member of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s board of directors.

“I am very fortunate to work for a company that gives so much back and stresses the importance of being involved in the local community,” said Rosenberg. “The largest area that the Ronald McDonald House services is lower Delaware. I have been on the Board of Directors for close to three years now and cherish the very small role that I play in giving comfort to these families during some of their most trying times. Every nonprofit in the country is facing budgetary challenges and the thousands of dollars in cash donations and supplies that we collected will be a great help to the house. The Ronald McDonald House is so appreciative of the Harrington Raceway and Casino for putting on this promotion and the over 1,600 people that came out to support them.”

About 37 percent of the families serviced by Ronald McDonald House of Delaware live in Kent and Sussex counties.

Walmart and the Food Bank of Delaware also played a role by providing resources to help transport the donated items.

Harrington Raceway and Casino has hosted similar events for a variety of charitable causes in the past, with recent beneficiaries like the Food Bank of Delaware, First State Animal Center and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the USO.

For more, visit rmhde.org.