BALLICO, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2011)—Ag Link Inc., a Ballico-based recycled tire product manufacturer, has donated thousands of dollars worth of its signature, trademarked Rubber Bark mulch to the Ronald McDonald House in Stanford, Calif.
The tire-derived mulch was spread around a play structure designed for seriously ill children staying at the house and their siblings, according to Ag Link.
“Many of the kids spend their days in hospital rooms and clinics, often cooped up waiting for tests and results,” said Linda Lyon, development director at the Stanford Ronald McDonald House, in the press release. “Returning to the House after a long day and being able to expend their energy and anxiety by climbing and playing helps the kids and parents cope with the situation they are in.”
Covering the ground beneath the play structure with Rubber Bark offers the children a soft landing in the case of falls, as well as a relatively dirt-free environment, said Jana Nairn, CEO of Rubber Bark.
Established in 1994, Ag Link said it is the largest producer of recycled rubber products on the West Coast. The Stanford Ronald McDonald House was built in 1979, and was the fifth such house established out of what are now more than 300 worldwide.