Impressed by the efforts of the Ronald McDonald House to help families of seriously ill children, Jim Long, president of Olan Plastics Inc. of Canal Winchester, Ohio, wants to do more.
Long has pledged to donate any profits that his company earns from new customers during the next 12 months to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
“The hardest part of the whole process is convincing people that there are no strings attached. There's simply no fine print,” Long said in a telephone interview.
He noted that some people think Olan could possibly raise its prices to compensate for the donation, but Long insists the company will not do that — since Olan competes on price for business with other firms.
“From the first time that I met Jim [Long], I knew that his support of the Ronald McDonald House would be a tremendous asset to the charity, but no one could have predicted this amount of support,” said Dee Anders, executive director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, in a news release.
Long has been a volunteer at the house for a couple of years and donated two new grills for guests to use, according to Ryan Wilkins, communications director for the Columbus, Ohio-based charity.
Wilkins said Olan's pledge is a unique concept and could mean a great deal in fulfilling the McDonald House mission over the long term.
Long is enthusiastically approaching the new campaign as a way to support the charity and he indicated there is no limit as to the monies that might be generated. He added that it could be a way for other companies to support the charity without any additional investment.
The Columbus Ronald McDonald House is open 365 days a year and can accommodate 80 families a night. It also runs a traveling medical clinic to help underserved children.
Long, who has been involved in the plastics industry for 33 years, said he learned of the Ronald McDonald House from his wife, Terri, who works at Nationwide Children's Hospital, located across the street.
Olan has a 30,000-square-foot facility with injection molding machines from 75-500 tons, and Long is hoping new business can stimulate “more of an income stream” for the Ronald McDonald House.
If the project is successful, he said perhaps it could be expanded into a model for manufacturers that want to help their community charities.