May 22, 2012 // Franchising.com // Waco, TX - What started as a monthly donation for the needy at a Pennsylvania church by a Mr. Rooter® employee’s mother turned into a North American donation drive for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).
Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchises in the United States and Canada donated $19,000 worth of ‘Wish List’ items to the Ronald McDonald House® program in their communities. Donations included toilet paper and paper towels – the same items that prompted this promotion.
“I had no idea it would get this big,” said Barbara Sullivan, whose daughter Bobbi is a franchise consultant for Mr. Rooter LLC. “It was laid on my heart when a man on disability told me he couldn’t afford toilet paper, and asked if I had any to spare.”
This mother-daughter duo spends the third Friday of each month at St. Mary’s Church in Lancaster, Pa., handing out toilet paper and paper towels to those who attend the church’s community meal.
When the younger Sullivan shared this at a regional meeting, Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise owners suggested they do this. On Valentine’s Day, they rolled out the “Rolls of Love” Drive for RMHC.
“The amount of items we were able to raise blows me away,” Bobbi Sullivan said. “These are items we take for granted, but they’re a necessity.”
The drive was so successful it will become an annual event to benefit children and families served by RMHC. 2012 is the third year Mr. Rooter Plumbing and its affiliate companies – Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, The Grounds Guys and Rainbow International – have made an annual national commitment of $100,000 to the nonprofit.
RMHC 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 ill child gets the health care they need.
“We are very thankful to Mr. Rooter and its employees who have selected RMHC as their charity of choice,” Jennifer Blanchard Smith, senior director of Communications and Special Programs, RMHC. “Your generosity will certainly make a difference in the lives of children and families served through our Ronald McDonald Houses, a family-center program that provides stability and resources to families fighting the illness of a child.”
As for Barbara Sullivan, she is wowed by the outcome of the “Rolls of Love” Drive and humbled to be the catalyst that is now helping hundreds – if not thousands – of families.
“This is a phenomenal mission,” she said. “Every time I turn around there is more toilet paper on my doorstep to donate. People who give feel good, and there must be lots of people who feel good about donating to the ‘Rolls of Love’ Drive.”
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500” and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at http://www.mrrooter.com.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information about RMHC, visit http://www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
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