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Fireside Hearth & Home gives the gift of warmth to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest

8/13/2009 (Minneapolis)

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MINNEAPOLIS(August 13, 2009) Fireside Hearth & Home, Americas #1 destination for fireplaces, stoves, fireplace inserts and hearth accessories, recently donated and installed three new fireplaces at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis on Fulton Street SE.

Resident children and their families participated by painting ceramic fireplace tiles for one of the fireplaces in the theme of the four seasons. Fireside Hearth & Home provided the Ronald McDonald House with a wonderful and needed donation. Not only will the fireplaces keep our families nice and cozy, but families were also given the opportunity to personalize the fireplace tiles to make the donation a unique gift that will be enjoyed by all, said Heather Glasso, director of advancement at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest.

A trendy modern-style Heat & Glo Cosmo fireplace was installed in the Media Room, which was often too cold to use during the winter months. The other two fireplaces, also Heat & Glos, replaced old non-functional fireplaces that were in the Play Area and the Dining Room. All three rooms are used by residents to unwind after long days of treatment, or to visit in with friends and family.

The Ronald McDonald House clearly strives to create a home atmosphere, said Joel Ginsberg, division manager of Fireside Hearth & Home. Since fireplaces are often the heart of the home, donating our resources and time made perfect sense. Our main goal for the project was to bring warmth back into the house and make the rooms more comfortable for the families.

Fireside Hearth & Home representatives handled of all aspects of the fireplace project for the Ronald McDonald House, including removing and disposing of two old fireplaces, framing and sheet rocking, electrical wiring, stone work, and installation of the new fireplaces and the childrens painted tiles. Fireside Hearth & Home also coordinated and arranged the necessary city inspection and provided a start-up service for the staff at the House. We approached the project in the same manner that we do for customers who walk into our stores, said Ginsberg. We handled all details of the project from concept to completion so that the staff at RMH could focus on their very important role of helping families.

In addition to providing warmth and comfort, the fireplaces are direct vent gas units that utilize outside air and a sealed combustion system to ensure indoor air quality is maintained. The Ronald McDonald House may also reduce its heating bills by using the fireplaces to zone heat the more heavily used areas of the house, while keeping the less-utilized rooms of the house at a lower temperature.

Fireside Hearth & Home has metro locations in Eagan, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, and Roseville.

About Fireside Hearth & Home

Fireside Hearth & Home is the retail and distribution division of Hearth & Home Technologies, the worlds leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts. Fireside Hearth & Home has more than 50 years of hearth experience offering the strongest brands in the industry Harman, Heat & Glo, Heatilator and Quadra-Fire. It is Americas #1 destination for fireplaces, stoves, fireplace inserts and hearth accessories. For more information on Fireside Hearth & Home, including locations, visit www.fireside.com.

About the Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest creates, finds and supports programs that provide a caring community for families with seriously ill children while increasing children"s access to health care services. We keep families together and strong during health care crises. We celebrate the diversity of our people and the innovation of our programs. We value partnerships and collaborations that enhance our mission. We value our heritage. We operate with accountability and transparency.