Outpouring of support makes Joel Grimard's return home extra special
CALGARY, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Leading up to Father's Day this weekend, WestJet and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada are sharing a heartwarming update to the Grimard family story. Featured in the airline's 2014 video tribute to Father's Day, the family's update can be found on the WestJet blog.
"The story of Marc and Angela Grimard and their sons Joel and Mathieu captured the hearts of Canadians last year," said Corey Evans, WestJet's manager, Sponsorship, Community Investment and Experiential Marketing. "Since we first told their story, something very special has happened to the family and we wanted to share the good news. On behalf of all of us at WestJet and RMHC Canada, it's our way of wishing dads and their families a happy Father's Day on Sunday."
Viewed more than one million times in the past 12 months, WestJet's 2014 Father's Day Surprise video featuring the Grimard family of Prud'homme, Saskatchewan, and highlighting the work of the airline's WestJet Cares for Kids partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, can be viewed at youtube.com/westjet.
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In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada was founded to be the everlasting organization to support Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs in Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for out-of-town families with sick children being treated at a nearby hospital. Today, 14 Ronald McDonald Houses serve more than 20,000 families each year. Completing the circle of support for Canadian families are 11 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, which provide an oasis of calm and support right inside the walls of the hospital, as well as the 2 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® programs in Calgary, Alberta. As their largest donor, McDonald's® Restaurants of Canada and its Owner/Operators donate 10 cents from every Happy Meal® to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Donate online at rmhc.ca or in-person through the coinbox at McDonald's® restaurants across the country.
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