April 06, 2011 // Franchising.com // It takes more than just two-by-fours, hammers and nails to build a Ronald McDonald House. It takes the helping hands of a dedicated community. Glass Doctor of Charlotte, N.C., joined hands with the community to make the "home-away-from-home" more comfortable for families of ill children.
The glass shop donated and installed 66 custom, framed mirrors in the new Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte March 30 and 31. The donation is worth $14,000, but it isn't what motivated the giver.
"It's not always about the money," Glass Doctor of Charlotte owner Ed Sieber said. "This donation and this charity reflect who we are at Glass Doctor and The Dwyer Group®."
In-kind donations, like the two-day mirror installation, allow the House to focus on the most critical, day-to-day needs of the children and families undergoing treatment.
"It will help those who need a place to stay in a trying time," Sieber said. "We're honored to be able to help in a small way."
The new 35,000-square-foot facility gives families of children receiving treatment at local hospitals a comfortable place to stay during a stressful time. The House will hold its grand opening April 30 – May 6.
"We're excited we're getting our own Ronald McDonald House here in Charlotte," Sieber said. "It's filling a need in the community, and we're glad to be a part of it."
Groundbreaking for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte took place January 27, 2010. The new house will include 28 private suites and bedrooms, as well as a community kitchen, great room, learning center, playground and porch.
All Ronald McDonald House Charities® programs are owned and operated by the local community. Families who stay are asked to make a modest donation, but no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.
This is the second year Glass Doctor and five of its sister companies in The Dwyer Group, Inc. (Aire Serv® Air Conditioning and Heating, The Grounds Guys®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric® and Mr. Rooter®) made a national commitment of $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities®. As part of the sponsorship, franchise owners continue to donate their services, labor and supplies to Ronald McDonald House facilities in their respective service areas.
Ronald McDonald House Charities was established in memory of McDonald's® founder and franchise icon Ray Kroc in 1984. 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. Funded by corporate donors and individual support, the charity's 305 Houses are located in 31 countries around the world.
The House in Charlotte is located at 1613 East Morehead St. on land donated by Carolinas Medical Center. For more information on RMH of Charlotte, please visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.