Red Friday benefits families battling childhood illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The countdown is on as "Red Friday" is less than 24 hours away and some Chiefs fans got a head start on celebrating Thursday.

From KC Wolf to Warpaint to cheerleaders, the Ronald McDonald house was a packed house as well-known members of the Chiefs Kingdom visited families who are staying at the home.

The Ronald McDonald House is the beneficiary of Red Friday. All money made from flags sold on Friday will help support the organization.

"Being a parent seeing what they do for the community for the Ronald McDonald house and the families that need Ronald McDonald. Definitely a Chiefs fan," said Kassi Harrison, whose family is staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House has three houses in the metro. Last year it served nearly 5,500 families and supported more than 57,000 visits to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Thursday’s celebration meant a lot a lot to the families staying at the home. It was a chance to brighten the spirits of families navigating childhood illness.

"For you guys to come and see it, it's awesome," Harrison said. "But for the families, it means a whole lot more. It means that we can stay another day here. That we don't have to worry about trying to find a hotel or trying to afford food if you can't afford it or trying to afford transportation. It's amazing."

Harrison says her family has been at the Ronald McDonald House for one month so far, and they'll probably be here for at least two more.

Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available to fans at over 130 McDonald’s locations throughout the greater Kansas City area. Fans wishing to obtain a Chiefs Kingdom flag are encouraged to make a $5 donation. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.