By Melanie Beal
In an effort to help our client, substantially green home builder, GreenTec Homes of Atlanta, make strong connections in the Macon, GA community where they’re building several substantially green homes, the Atlanta-based company collaborated with the Jessie Rice Elementary School in Macon to create and donate homemade Christmas ornaments to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the City. GreenTec made its presentation of the ornaments to Ronald McDonald House after its “Green” holiday party on December 19, 2012.
The “Green” holiday party to launch GreenTec Homes in Macon and hosted at the Sidney Lanier House in Historic Macon, allowed local dignitaries, politicians and community members to celebrate with refreshments, door prizes, networking and an educational presentation on its initiatives in substantially-green development. But, it was their presentation of these children’s hand-made donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities that was the most heart-warming part of the builder's day.
“For both GreenTec Homes and myself it was a wonderful experience. I think a lot of people don’t know what Ronald McDonald House does for the families that it helps and we were happy to to be able to present the ornaments to them in conjunction with the school. Overall, It was a life-loving experience,” said GreenTec Homes President John Damiano.
"The ornaments were very welcomed by our RMH families. The holidays are typically stressful and sad for our families, as they are not able to truly celebrate the holiday spirit because of having a sick child in the hospital. So, receiving items such as the ornaments and other goodies provided by our local community are great 'spirit boosters,'" said Keysha Smith, House Manager at the Ronald McDonald House.
However, it was only because of the generosity of Rice Elementary School, who accepted the project on short notice, that we were able to help GreenTec to present the Ronald McDonald House with these fifty homemade Christmas ornaments made pre-K through 4 students at the School. According to House Manager, Keysha Smith, the Ronald McDonald House Charities then presented the ornaments to the families at their Christmas party the following week.
Ronald McDonald sports the ornament garland made by Rice Elementary students.
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