National Military Family Association Teams Up with Merry Maids to Lighten the Load for Military Families

NMFA and Merry Maids Work Together to Make the Holidays Less Stressful for Five Deserving Families

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, is teaming up with Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning company and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, to bring holiday cheer to military families.

NMFA asked military families to submit photos of their messy homes on social media and to share why their family could use a free house cleaning from Merry Maids. The photos showed boxes left from packing and recent moves, messy kitchens and scattered living rooms.

"Military families go through a lot each year, and we are always looking for ways to help make their lives a little easier," said Joyce Raezer, NMFA Executive Director. "Especially around the holidays, we are excited to be working with Merry Maids on this endeavor and look forward to their continued support for military families."

The winners of the free housecleaning from Merry Maids were in Allen and Fort Worth, Texas, Tampa and Pensacola, Fla. and Hamilton, N.J.

One of the recipients had this to say: "For me, having a clean home offers peace of mind and stability in my life when everything else feels out of control. My service member works long, unpredictable hours, and is away for extended periods of time. Being able to come home to a sense of order inside the home helps me deal with the areas I cannot control."

"Giving the gift of a clean home is something Merry Maids strives to do every day for our customers," said Joe Chaves, chief operating officer of Merry Maids.

"It's an honor to serve the families of those men and women who serve our country. We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with the National Military Family Association and give back to others, especially around the holidays."

If you're looking to help support military families this holiday season, consider making a donation here.

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 49 states and the District of Columbia through approximately 75 company-owned locations and 395 franchised outlets. The company also provides home cleaning services in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom and has licensing arrangements whereby licensees provide these services in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids employs more than 8,000 home cleaning professionals that service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of residential and commercial services, which brands include Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Go to for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at and

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit