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Woman Founds Non-Profit To Deliver Free Household Cleaning To Cancer Patients

Over the span of ten years, "Cleaning for a Reason" has provided $5.5 million in free house cleaning services to 19,000 people with cancer.


Those who are afflicted by cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy rarely have the energy to clean their own house, let alone the financial means to pay someone else to do it.

It’s this conundrum that prompted Debbie Sardone, the owner of Buckets and Bows Maid Service in Lewisville, Texas, to create a way to gift free house cleaning services to patients who need it most.

It all began when Sardone received a call for her cleaning services and was asked for a quote from an individual suffering from cancer. She never got a call back, so assumed the fee must be too much. Such isn’t an outrageous thought, as conventional cancer treatment(s) can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aware of the issue, Debbie decided to found the non-profit “Cleaning for a Reason.” In ten years, the nonprofit has provided $5.5 million in free house cleaning services to 19,000 people with cancer.

Credit: "Cleaning for a Reason"

Credit: “Cleaning for a Reason”

Every month, the organization gets about 1,400 new requests. In addition, Sardone works with more than 1,000 house cleaning services across the U.S. and Canada to award one free cleaning each month for four months to people in need, reports TODAY.

While the businesses — which must be insured and conduct background checks on its workers — do not charge the women for their services, their employees are paid for their work.

Credit: "Cleaning for a Reason"

Credit: “Cleaning for a Reason”

One of the individuals positively benefited from the free housecleaning service is Stacey Steele, who says she called Cleaning for a Reason because she lacked the energy to take a morning shower, much less clean her house.

According to her, the service changed her life.

“Knowing your house is being taken care of when you don’t have the energy to get out of bed helps lift a huge stress from you. When you’re not feeling good, the last thing you want to do is go into a dirty bathroom,” shared Stacey.

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