The firearm industry has a long history of financial support for the Kids & Clays Foundation—which raises funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities—and Ruger’s recent donation highlights the fact that it has no intention of slowing the generosity. The company provided a custom-engraved firearm for all of the non-profit organization’s events this year, with the proceeds going to help children with serious ailments and their families.
“We are incredibly honored to support the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission of helping children and their families when they need it the most,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger CEO. “This foundation does such important work, and we are proud to contribute to this very worthy cause.”
The foundation has been “aiming to improve children’s lives since 1999,” and it does so by raising funding through the shooting sports. “Kids & Clays solicits contributions of cash and merchandise from generous national sponsors and donors and then donates the items to Ronald McDonald Houses who host annual sporting clays, skeet and trap events,” the organization’s website explains.
“Our organization’s strength and growth is contingent upon having generous partners who understand the vast benefits of contributing to the cause,” said David Baron, owner of Baron Technology and president of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “Ruger is making a large difference in the lives of many critically ill children and their families, and we can’t thank them enough.”
The nation’s first Ronald McDonald House opened in October 1974, providing free and, most importantly, nearby lodging for families of critically-ill children undergoing treatment at a hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The difference it made to have loved ones by their side before, during and after medical procedures was dramatic, and more facilities quickly followed. Today, the organization even has special rooms on-site in some care centers, as well as a mobile facility.