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BrandSource is proud to name Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Canada as our official charity.
In addition to providing a variety of volunteer opportunities for our membership within their communities, BrandSource gives financial support as a national organization. As an official donor, BrandSource, in association with some of its key suppliers, Electrolux Canada Corporation/Frigidaire Canada, Sealy Canada Inc. and Sharp Electronics of Canada, provides Appliances, Mattresses and Electronics to each Ronald McDonald House across Canada, as well as cash donations.
In addition, BrandSource also provides Appliances, Mattresses and Electronics to support the Ronald McDonald Family Room Program, a new and expanding program located in pediatric Hospitals. These items will fill a tremendous need - given how costly Appliances, Mattresses and Electronics can be and the number of families served by these houses annually.
Their mission has not changed since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia on October 15, 1974. The program was extended into Canada in 1981 to provide "a home-away-from-home" for families of seriously ill children. These families travel great distances to hospitals so that their child can receive the medical attention they need. In-hospital treatment may last one day, a week, a month, a year or longer. For the families of these children accommodations can be hard to come by; options are often limited to costly hotels or unforgiving hospital chairs and benches.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable, supportive environment as an alternative for these families. There are over 180 Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States and 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada providing support to families in need year-round. In fact, each night, Ronald McDonald Houses provide more than 5,000 bedrooms for families of seriously ill children throughout the world. And they still have to turn needy families away for lack of space.
Each Ronald McDonald House is independently owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations. They receive financial and in-kind support from Ronald McDonald House Charities and also rely on support from other donors in their communities to achieve their goals. Without the generosity of their donors, like BrandSource, none of this would be possible.