Our company is very proud and gratified to be one of the companies responsible for creating this event.
It started in 2014, with our company volunteering to clean the Tampa Ronald McDonald House. We helped create a Facebook page for carpet cleaners called Cleaners Giving Back, so that our colleagues in the industry could tell us what they were doing to give back to their local communities. In 2016, we posted pictures from the Tampa Ronald McDonald House.
We were approached by another cleaner, who holds a charity auction every year and gives the money to a local charity. It took some time, but we got permission to hold the event at Ronald McDonald House, and we put the word out to other carpet cleaners to come and volunteer.
That conversation led to holding his charity auction in conjunction with cleaning the 3 Ronald McDonald houses in St Pete. So he worked with Lisa to set up everything, making sure that we had confirmations, getting cleaning supplies donated, getting instructors to come out and demonstrate and make it a learning opportunity too.
In 2017, we held the first event, We had close to 70 people from around the country come and volunteer their time and equipment to clean every square inch of flooring and furniture in the 3 houses in St Pete. It was amazing.
In 2018, we did it again, and had 50 plus people show up. And it was amazing.
And it has spread like wildfire. Cleaners in other states calling, asking we can do an event in their state for the local Ronald McDonald house. And we want to continue to spread the love.
And we will be back in St Pete next year, doing it all again.