Quikstone Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Karen Erdelac on Sep 5, 2016

Quikstone Capital Solutions & Sterling Payment Technologies volunteer at Ronald McDonald HouseRecently a group of 8 employees from Quikstone Capital Solutions and Sterling Payment Technologies got together to prepare a meal for Ronald McDonald House.   The sister companies get together to do this about once every quarter.  It is a very rewarding experience!  In addition to helping families with sick children, employees from both companies get to interact and get to know each other in a real team-work environment.   The employees of Quikstone Capital Solutions and Sterling Payment are situated over six floors of office space and there is not always much time or opportunity to get to know fellow co-workers. 

Families come from all over and spend time at Ronald McDonald Houses.  Sometimes they are away from home for weeks at a time.  Preparing a home cooked meal helps give the families a little relief and comfort to a very stressful situation.  The group was all happy to donate the time and plan the meal.   And everyone had fun! 

The menu included individual meat loaves, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread, salad and sautéed green beans.  If anyone still had room left there was apple and Key Lime pie for dessert.  Everything with the exception of the pies was made from scratch by the team in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen!

Here’s a little about Ronald McDonald House:

Our History

What began as one family’s misfortune became good fortune for millions of families worldwide. In 1974, Kim Hill, the 3-year old daughter of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia. During Kim’s three years of treatment, Fred and his wife Fran often camped out on hospital chairs and benches and ate makeshift meals out of vending machines. The Hills watched other parents around them doing the same thing. They learned that many of the families traveled great distances to bring their children to the hospital, but couldn’t afford hotel rooms.

A Better Way

The Hills began to think that there had to be a solution. Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to raise funds and help other families experiencing the same emotional and financial traumas as his own. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Evans dreamed of a home-like temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.

Together, they created the first Ronald McDonald House

That first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. By 1979, ten more Houses had opened. By 1984, McDonald’s restaurants and local communities founded 60 more Houses; then 53 more opened by 1989. Today, there are more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.

Our Relationship with McDonald’s

Quikstone Capital Solutions & Sterling Payment Technologies volunteer at Ronald McDonald HouseRonald McDonald House Charities has been McDonald’s “charity of choice” for 35 years.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, but McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor. Portions of the annual operating costs for Ronald McDonald Houses are graciously funded by McDonald’s and owner/operators of local McDonald’s restaurants. The remainder of our annual operating income comes from the generosity of individual and corporate donors.

  • McDonald’s involvement extends beyond monetary support:
  • Franchises partner with local Chapters for promotional and fundraising events.
  • McDonald’s employees are dedicated volunteers.
  • Owner/operators participate in local and global RMHC boards.
  • RMHC Donation Boxes hosted in restaurants are the largest source of ongoing RMHC Global fundraising.
  • In-restaurant sales of USA Today are all donated to RMHC.
  • McDonald’s conducts an annual fundraiser in November called McHappy Day. Since 2002, it has raised $150 million for RMHC and children’s charities around the world.

Although McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor, no company can solely fund RMHC programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and greatly value any support you can afford to RMHC, whether it’s through cash donations, your time or fundraising efforts.

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