Over the last several months, Park West has participated in a number of events in support of the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald House – What is it all about, and why are we participating?
The Ronald McDonald House is an organization dedicated to providing comfort, care and support to less fortunate children and their families. Check out their website https://rmhcsc.org/orangecounty/. As a company, we have a responsibility to our community, and to identify opportunities where we can make significant contributions to help less fortunate children. As an outstanding national charity with a local presence, a track record of demonstrated results and a genuine interest in improving the lives of others, The Ronald McDonald House is both worthy of our contributions and is well positioned to help us maximize the impact of our efforts.
Park West Events
Our first event was last October, at the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event. We offered children and their families who, due to serious and ongoing health issues, were unable to trick or treat in their own neighborhoods, an opportunity to do so at The Ronald McDonald House. We converted our Park West Bus into a haunted bus for the event, and it was a hit with the hundreds of children in attendance.
Then, in December, through your generous donations, Park West presented a record number of gifts in support of their annual Family Holiday Party. This event brings together families who have stayed in the House over the past year, many of whom lack the resources to provide their own family with a holiday celebration. Park West volunteers, along with many of their family members (also known as the “Park West Elves”) organized thousands of toys into age groups, escorted children through the “toy shop” to pick their gifts, and ensured that each child walked away with a full bag of toys.
Where do we go from here?
We are currently in the process of designing and installing the landscaping in the House’s new tot lot. We have teamed up with Diego Alessi of Architects Orange to create an amazing place that will offer children and their families a peaceful place to relax during their stay at the House. Please be sure to take a look at our work next time you are at the House
As part of the Park West family, you will have many opportunities to participate in various Community Service initiatives, collectively known as “Park West Gives Back”. As your colleagues who have already volunteered would attest, the question of ‘why’ this is important to Park West will be answered the first time you witness for yourself, the difference we are making in the lives of others.
Thank you for your support and participation in Park West Gives Back.