The power of giving back.

There's a perception that big companies don't do anything for local communities, but one restaurant is changing that narrative.

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McDonald's is back with their "McDonald's Gives Back Days" program, and Amarillo is going to benefit big time from it.

Tomorrow, January 25th is the day you need to mark down on your calendar. Stop by McDonald's for one of your three meals, order up your favorite menu items then pat yourself on the back. You have officially helped the community by doing so.

The question is, who did you just help out by doing that? This time around, it's the Amarillo Wesley Community Center. Found in the heart of the Hispanic Barrio at 1615 S. Roberts, it's the centerpiece of the area.

A lot of improvements have been, and are being made to that area and this is just another thing that's going to help. Community centers are such an integral part of ANY city. It's where the community can gather, get exercise, day care (at most) among many other things. Problem is, they don't typically get all the funding they need to upkeep the building and programs offered.

So why did McDonald's choose this specific place to give back to? As McDonald's Director of Marketing Brandon Clavel told NewsChannel 4, “The Wesley Community Center’s mission is to maximize individual potential and community empowerment,” and the McDonald's Gives Back program is all about community empowerment.

Portions of all sales from participating McDonald's locations in both Amarillo and Canyon will go towards the AWCC, so feel free to indulge in some McDonald's favorites!

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

Check Out The Original Names For These Amarillo Streets

It's hard to imagine these well-known Amarillo streets as any other name. Try to imagine giving directions to someone while using their original names. Gets tricky, doesn't it?

The new names (that we currently know them by) came mostly from associates of Henry Luckett, who drew the first map of the area. When this took place exactly, records do not show, but the street name revamp is covered extensively in 'Old Town Amarillo' by Judge John Crudgington, published in the Plains Historical Review in 1957.

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