A M King’s Virtual Volunteers Support Ronald McDonald House in Greenville

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Even in the best of times, families staying at Greenville’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH) need support as they care for a child receiving medical care at a nearby hospital. During the pandemic, as many of us have retreated to our homes, it’s easy to forget about community needs that haven’t disappeared along with rush hour. That’s why A M King’s Greenville team has embraced RMH’s new “Service from the Sofa,” campaign, hoping that their contributions will make life just a little easier for those who rely on the organization to get through each day.

It costs Ronald McDonald House approximately $142 per night to accommodate families who must stay an average of 17 nights during their child’s treatment. Providing a safe, affordable and caring home-away-from-home during difficult times is the goal and every little bit helps. To that end, The Greenville team, led by Project Assistant Rita Gosnell, collected a rolling cart full of toiletries to donate this month, which included toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, combs, masks, tissues, hand sanitizer, wipes, and more.

“Travel-sized toiletries are a consistent need at the Ronald McDonald House,” says Greenville Business Unit Leader Andre Harris. “We have especially enjoyed participating in the Service from Your Sofa campaign during COVID-19 and will continue to collect products to donate again next month. Each time we contribute, there is an incredible sense of accomplishment that our team is working together to make a difference.”

Each year in the recent past, A M King’s Greenville team has taken four turns as Guest Chef at RMH, meeting at the House to prepare homemade meals for families staying there. This year, however, has been a bit different due to COVID-19 protocols; however, A M King knew that folks still required sustenance at the end of a long day at the hospital. So, they kept to their original schedule by providing meals for families at the house four times during 2020 by way of meal cards and/or catering.

Most recently, A M King used Welcome to MOE’s Southwest Grill catering which provided a lot of fresh veggies and lean meats. Meals must be easily accessible and ready to go for the families. They can eat together if they wish, or if their patient is not feeling well and they are not comfortable leaving, then they can eat a little later. There are plenty of handy gadgets in the kitchen for either keeping the items warm or reheating if necessary.

A M King’s ongoing community service initiatives directed to Ronald McDonald House in Greenville (Ronald McDonald Charities of the Carolinas) complements the company’s longstanding partnership with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. A M King also has a rich history of supporting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in Greenville and Charlotte.