ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The cleaning crews came from as far away as Michigan and Minnesota.
They paid their own airfare. Their own hotel rooms. And their own cleaning supplies.
And they banded together, ready to scub and polish the three Ronald McDonald Houses in St. Petersburg.
The non-profit houses, which host families of ill kids staying at the nearby John Hopkins All Children's Hospital, relies on volunteers and donations.
“Cleaners have big hearts,” says Lisa Jordan of Tampa’s Accent American cleaning company, one of the local groups to help. “I’m tearing up just thinking about what everyone’s doing out there.”
Lisa Suprenand says this gesture of goodwill will be felt by the thousands of families each year who stay at the houses.
“(The cleaners) come and invade the house,” says Suprenand, executive director at the Ronald McDonald House. “But what that means is that all of ours floors are clean, and will look just great for our families.”
The Cleaners Giving Back movement started in 2014 and has since spread to other cities including Las Vegas and Minneapolis.
The Ronald McDonald Houses could use donations of toys, cleaning supplies, food and office supplies. Click here for the complete wish list and how to donate.