In October 2019, the PowerPuck team donated 43 chargers and installed charging Rails in 6 different areas of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) facility near Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. RMHC helps 162 families every night stay close to their hospitalized children by taking care of hotel and food costs. In 2018 the RMHC House program helped 6,337 children and the Family Room program helped 5,483 children. One of those children is a son of one of our own IDEAL employees, so this installation was uniquely special to the IDEAL family.


“The number one request at the house [is] places to charge your [device]. From the day we did our volunteer event and had the initial conversation to seeing the system installed makes me feel overwhelmed with happiness knowing that we provided something so simple to a place that gives so much. Without the RMHC, our out of pocket yearly expenses for hotels and food would number in the thousands of dollars. Having a place to sleep and eat while we are at Lurie’s and now having a place to sit and charge our electronics is an added bonus.”
Shaun Neppl, Inside Sales, IDEAL Electrical

You can learn more about their program and how to donate by visiting their website The PowerPuck system was installed in the Chicago location in their main lobby, the Community Room, Cubs Room, Family Sitting Room, Library, and the Transitional Dining Room.

IDEAL often works with the RMHC group - it is on the list of the company’s sponsored charities. Employees are provided with various volunteer opportunities throughout the year such as collecting pop can tabs and delivering meals to some of the families in Chicago that are being provided with housing from RMHC. The PowerPuck team understands the importance of staying connected at times like this. As John DiNardi, the Group President for the IDEAL Technology Group stated, “The IDEAL Technology Group was thrilled to provide The Ronald McDonald House of Chicago with the latest in charging technology, PowerPuck, for use by families that visit with sick or recovering children. In this case, a phone charged by PowerPuck can help relieve the stress that a missed medical phone call, message or text can mean to a family.  PowerPuck helps families Charge Forward, keeping families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need.” Everyone at IDEAL and from the PowerPuck team is honored to have been a part of the incredible mission and service that RMHC is providing to families across the country, and we hope to continue and grow this partnership in the future.

“At no time does a parent need more connection than during the stressful time of a child’s hospitalization. Providing convenient access to power for their devices is a huge functional and emotional benefit and we are so grateful." 
Lisa Mitchell - Vice President, Programs and Services
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwestern Indiana