Ronald McDonald house gets makeover

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - One of the Ronald McDonald houses in the St. Louis area got a major facelift Saturday thanks to volunteers from Ameren.

20 to 30 volunteers who typically work in the Ameren IT department spent part of the day beautifying the exterior of the Ronald McDonald House on Park Avenue in south city.

The team did all kinds of projects including planting new flowers, putting down mulch, picking up debris and cleaning up playground equipment as well as outdoor living spaces.

The effort is part of the Ameren Cares program and helps to mark national volunteer month which is in April.

'It allows us to give back to our communities, to connect with the communities that we serve, to basically work together as a group and give back,' said Ameren`s IT Director Jay Knobbe.

The House Manager of the Ronald McDonald House on Park Avenue, Jacob McGuire, added, 'For our families we want to make this as much of a home as possible, so it`s so nice whenever we can have the place looking nice and they can come home after a day at the hospital and relax and see some flowers, and see some nice yard work and play on the playground.'

Ameren cares is Ameren`s charitable giving and volunteering program.

Workers from Ameren`s IT department do volunteer projects every month.

The Ronald McDonald House on Park is reopening in May after a renovations inside are completed.