Park West is building a strong, long-term relationship with the Ronald McDonald House in Orange, Calif., as part of its “Park West Gives Back” community outreach initiative.
Park West’s inaugural involvement was with the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event at the house for children and their families who, due to ongoing health issues, were unable to trick or treat in their own neighborhoods. The Park West bus was converted into a haunted “house” for the event and was a hit with the hundreds of children in attendance.
In December, through employee donations, Park West provided a record number of gifts to the house in support of its Family Holiday Party. The event brought together the families who had stayed in the house over the past year, many of whom lack the resources to provide their family with a holiday celebration. Park West employees and family members (Park West Elves) helped organize thousands of toys into age groups, walked kids through the “toy shop” to pick their gifts, and worked the distribution stations to make sure each child went away with a full bag of new toys.
In its latest contribution, the company is in the process of designing and installing the landscaping for the house’s new tot lot. Park West is teaming up with Architects Orange to create an amazing place that will offer children and their families a peaceful spot to relax during their stay.
“We believe that we have a responsibility to give back to our community and to identify opportunities where we can make significant contributions to help people, especially children,” said Park West CEO Jim Tracy. “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, Ronald McDonald House is both worthy of our contributions and well positioned to help us maximize the impact of our efforts.”