More than 45 Mr. Rooter franchise owners, their employees and members of the corporate staff made the trip to the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. They presented the House with a $3,395 check, as well as kitchen and food supplies their teams collected.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities helps members of the Mr. Rooter community, and it feels great to give back to them,” said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Corp. “We are honored to support them in helping families with sick children, because it seems like everyone knows someone who has benefited from Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
The national sponsorship also includes four of Mr. Rooter’s affiliate companies — Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance and Mr. Electric — all joined together to support Ronald McDonald House Charities with a national commitment of $100,000 annually.
As part of the national sponsorship, Mr. Rooter plumbers will help Ronald McDonald Houses by donating labor and supplies. This includes plumbing and drain cleaning work when needed. The shops also will continue to collect supplies year round.
“With nearly 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world serving 7,200 families a day, our Houses need constant maintenance to ensure the families come back from the hospital each day to a comfortable home,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities. “This partnership will make it even easier for staff at our Ronald McDonald Houses to ensure the Houses are close to perfection for our families.”
From the local level to the corporate office, Mr. Rooter representatives like this opportunity because it encompasses both the U.S. and Canada.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities makes an impact on so many lives, and we’re delighted to help the Houses stay in good working condition,” Thompson said. “We have plumbing shops across the nation and Canada, and we think this is the ideal partnership with a charity.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities was established in 1984 in memory of McDonald's founder and franchise icon Ray Kroc. The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, provides a “home-away-from-home,” so families can stay close by while their child gets the health care they need. The Houses are located around the world and are funded by both corporate donor and individual support.