Volunteers fill rocking chairs for Scentsy's annual Rock-a-Thon fundraiser. Last year, more than $260,000 was donated to the Women's and Children's Alliance. The 2019 event is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Scentsy's campus in Meridian.

Are you ready to rock? Residents are invited to participate in the Scentsy Rock-a-Thon on Friday, Sept. 13. More than a thousand volunteers will tag team to keep 70 rocking chairs in constant motion — all to raise crucial funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, or RMHC of Idaho.

The Ronald McDonald House, on Warm Springs Avenue near St. Luke’s Medical Center, provides housing, meals and support for families while their loved ones are in the hospital.

With the population growth in Idaho and Eastern Oregon coupled with the expansion of specialized pediatric medical programs in Boise, RMHC of Idaho is working to meet demand and make room to aid every family with a sick child who needs a place to stay. In February 2020, RMHC of Idaho will open a new 47-room Ronald McDonald House in Boise — three times larger than the current House.

“We believe happy, healthy families fuel vibrant communities,” said Heidi Thompson, Scentsy’s co-CEO, in a release from Scentsy. “We believe in the work of the Ronald McDonald House. We support their mission of keeping families together in times of medical need, and are so excited about this partnership to help even more families.”

Scentsy’s 12-hour Rock-a-Thon will include a fleet of food trucks on-site, with a portion of their sales going to the charity. Once the rocking chairs stop rocking at 8 p.m., the community party continues with live music and princesses. Following a check presentation at 8:45 p.m., Scentsy will celebrate the day of giving with a fireworks displays.

Rock-a-Thon is one part of Scentsy’s summer giving efforts. Employees have spent the past few weeks donating and stockpiling housewarming items in preparation for the new Ronald McDonald House, the release said.

“Thanks to the Scentsy Rock-a-Thon, we will be closer to making this much needed house a reality,” said Mindy Plumlee, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, in the release. “We are grateful for Scentsy’s support of our effort to make room for every family.”

This will be Scentsy’s sixth Rock-a-Thon.

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