Bissell Helps Keep Ronald McDonald House
of West Michigan a Healthy House
Once a year they come armed with love, vacuums, mops and cleaning supplies to give the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan (RMHWM) a healthy dose of spring cleaning.
Healthy House Clean Up Day, (formerly known as Spring Clean Up Day), is a project for which Ronald McDonald Houses around the world, including the West Michigan House, gather community volunteers, roll up sleeves and give the “Houses that Love Built” a thorough cleaning with products donated by project sponsor BISSELL. This year’s local event was held Saturday, May 19 at the West Michigan Ronald McDonald House, 1323 Cedar NE.
“We changed the title of our annual program to Healthy House Clean Up, which better reflects BISSELL’s commitment to providing consumers with home and floor care products that create healthy home environments at all times of the year – not just in the spring,” said Jim Krzeminski,, BISSELL’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “And what better partner to share our commitment with than Ronald McDonald Houses around the world -- including our very own West Michigan Ronald McDonald House, which is a temporary home for more than 800 families each year.”
Along with carpet deep cleaners, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, furniture polish and disinfectant cleaners, BISSELL has provided each Ronald McDonald House with its new Multi-Allergen Removal™ Fiber Cleansing formula for use in deep cleaning machines. This product is specifically designed to fight dust mite waste, pet and pollen allergens in the home.
Volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan were not alone in efforts to battle allergens on Healthy House Clean Up day. The Ronald McDonald House in Dayton, OH was the official kick-off site for the Healthy House Clean Up project on May 19. Local Dayton volunteers were joined by the event’s Honorary Chairperson, 11-year-old Morgan Wilburn (a.k.a. the BISSELL Boy).
Wilburn is credited for sparking the BISSELL/RMHC relationship five years ago when he donated a vacuum to his favorite charity, the Ronald McDonald House in his hometown of Roanoke, Va.
Taking the youngster’s cue, BISSELL began annually donating cleaning products to 157 Houses worldwide. To date, BISSELL’s donation in product and in-kind services is nearly $200,000.
Founded in 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home-away-from home” for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. There are 207 Ronald McDonald Houses in 18 countries. The Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The West Michigan House is a 19,000-square-foot home with 17 bedrooms that provides lodging for more than 800 families each year.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., BISSELL Inc. is a 135-year-old privately held international manufacturer of home cleaning products including sweepers, vacuums, deep cleaning machines and cleaning formulas sold at retail locations worldwide.
Ann Lamb, BISSELL Inc.
Phone: (616) 735-1458