Published November 13, 2014
By Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
Every year on the first Friday of November, the Grounds Guys from Temple participate in weCARE™ Day in which they “turn tragedy into triumph” by giving back and helping out local charities.
This past Friday, volunteers from the Grounds Guys mobilized together to help beautify the Memorial Garden at the Ronald McDonald House in Temple. Everyone was hard at work planting pansies, installing high quality lighting and spreading mulch in order to help prep the garden for the fall weather.
Chris Elmore, the President of Grounds Guys explained that the previous lighting the garden had was “cheap solar lighting with only one LED. Thanks to a donation from one of our vendors this year, we are able to replace it with top quality lighting.”
Elmore said that working on the Memorial Garden at Ronald McDonald House has become “a special project – of course we want it to look good from the outside, but we especially want it to be comfortable for the patients and their families that are here.”
weCARE™ Day was started by the van Stralen family, the founders of Grounds Guys, whose sister, Monika Woerlen and her seven children, tragically perished in a house fire Nov. 8, 2004. The day is meant to commemorate and honor the memory of Monika and her children by volunteering with local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House.
“With the spirit of helping families heal, teams give back and make a difference in local communities nationwide,” said Kim Denman, Public Relations Manager for Grounds Guys.
Jerry Allen, the Grounds Guys Temple franchise owner, was on site, more specifically, on his knees planting pansies in the Memorial Garden. Allen commented that the Ronald McDonald House is in his franchise area, so he felt this was his “responsibility to come out and show support.”
When asked about weCARE™ Day and what it means to him, he responded, “I think it’s a great cause and I am so honored to be able to give back.” Elmore also commented that he was “proud and thrilled” to be helping at the Ronald McDonald House and was seemed especially excited and proud of the lighting system being installed.
Denman commented that it’s “a time of hope and remembering loved ones” and everyone is just so happy to be out here helping and showing their support.
The Grounds Guys is a franchise that is specialized in both commercial and residential landscape management services. For more information or to find a location near you please visit www.groundsguys.com.