Jeld-Wen donates to Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan
By Patrick Flannery
Mar. 19, 2013 – Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors Canada has announced a substantial donation to Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan. The contribution was made as part of the RMHS’ For Every Family Capital Campaign, which aims to raise $10 million to build a 30,000 square foot addition and more than double the facility’s current accommodations.
2013 – Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors Canada is pleased to announce a substantial
donation to Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan. The contribution was made as
part of the RMHS’ For Every Family Capital Campaign, which aims to raise $10
million to build a 30,000 square foot addition and more than double the
facility’s current accommodations.
With construction currently underway, Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan is
adding much needed space for 18 additional families – up from 13, for a total of
31 – including laundry facilities, computer room, play area, kitchen and other
common space. Operating at or near 100 per cent occupancy for the last several
years sparked the need for the expansion. In 2010, nearly one in three families
seeking lodgings could not be accommodated; this fundraising
initiative will ensure this space crunch never occurs again.
Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors first opened their facility in Saskatoon in 1997,
with community and dealer ties that stretch back much further than that. When
presented with the opportunity by local dealer Don Neufeld of J&H Builders
to support the project, Jeld-Wen jumped at the chance to give back to such a
“Every family deserves to have a place of comfort and security during times of
distress,” says Laura Kirk, senior marketing manager with Jeld-Wen Canada.
“That’s what the Ronald McDonald House does for families and that’s why we’re
proud to support this drive. With a large rural community base in Saskatchewan,
the RMHS is so important in ensuring that families can remain together during a
time of illness.”
“The generosity of Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors to our Capital Campaign and the
expansion of the House in Saskatchewan will ensure that families across the
province will have a place to stay during their time of need,” says Ronald
McDonald House Saskatchewan Executive Director Tammy Forrester. “We are
incredibly grateful for this support and the understanding that it is vital to
keep families together.”
The Saskatoon-based Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan first opened its doors
in 1985 to provide a home away from
home for ill children and their families who must travel from rural areas
for medical treatment. With an annual operating budget of $550,000, Ronald
McDonald House Saskatchewan largely depends on fundraising efforts to provide
safe and comfortable accommodations for families in need.