The Grounds Guys

The Grounds Guys Donate Time, Money and Goods to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Waco, Texas (November 29, 2011) The Grounds Guys®across North America banded together to honor Monika Day, November 8, 2011. Throughout the U.S. and Canada their teams dedicated time, services and donated household products valuing over $6,000.

On November 8, 2004 the van Stralen family suffered the tragic loss of their beloved sister, Monika Woerlen, along with her seven children. “We learned from this tragedy that life is short and the time we have with our loved ones is precious“, said Peter Van Stralen, The Grounds Guys of Canada. “Since that fateful day we have experienced great comfort and strength from our faith and the unbelievable support that comes from pulling together as a family.”

It is in the spirit of “family” that November 8 is dedicated as a day to honor the memory of Monika Woerlen and her children, by supporting as many families as possible in their time of need. In recognition of Monika, The Grounds Guys have made this day a day of volunteering and giving back. This year, locations across the United States and Canada, partnered with RMHC to give back to their communities by donating time, services and household products to benefit guest families at Ronald McDonald Houses in the area.

“The Ronald McDonald House® program offers more than just a place for families”, said Ron Madera, President of The Grounds Guys. “It’s a ‘home-away-from-home where staff and volunteers strive to provide a sense of normalcy for their children and families during a chaotic and traumatic time. It is an honor to be a corporate partner with RMHC and be able to contribute to the atmosphere of compassion and understanding they bring to these families through the Charity’s cornerstone program.”

To learn more about Monika Woerlen and her family visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 54 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House ®, Ronald McDonald Family Room ® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile ® , and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter ( @RMHC) or like us on Facebook ( Global).

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