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Appleton Police Department Donates $3,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (WFRV) - Four Appleton Police Officers are given a tour of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin after presenting a check for $3,000 to the organization, but one of the officers knows the building all too well.

"My wife and I, we spent over 300 nights here over Macy's life," Lt. Adam Van Zeeland told Local 5. 

It's a bittersweet reunion, donating funds raised in Macy's honor following her passing last October.

The Appleton Police Department began "Goatees for Good," allowing officers to grow facial hair for two months after making a donation. Members of the public also contributed to the cause.

"It's just an amazing feeling to be able to give back and kind of make up some of the costs that they acquired by us being here," Lt. Van Zeeland said, "but now to not only meet that cost but also pay it forward for another family."

Bridget Kesner, Director of Development for the RMHC Eastern Wisconsin was happy to see Van Zeeland back in the building.

"To see past guest families come back and want to pay it forward for other guest families, we are really grateful," she said.

Appleton Police are continuing their work to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House, and will be collecting can tabs through May in the front lobby of the Appleton Police Department.

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