On Thursday, November 3rd, I went to the Ronald McDonald House with our group to make dinner. When we did this project in the Spring, I was not able to attend the house to cook dinner. That time, I donated food, so when the project came up this time I was excited to be able to attend! You can visit this site for more information on the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Here is a video to tell you more about them:
We went to their newest facility on Gatewood Road near Emory. This house was opened in June of 2008. I am not sure what I was expecting, but the house was so much nicer than anything I could have imagined! I did not see any of the family rooms, but everything that I did see was very nice and state-of-the-art, from the kitchen to the family laundry rooms. The kitchen was huge, and everything that we needed to cook dinner was there. All that we had to bring was the food, which other sisters donated to get credit for the project. We made spaghetti, salad, and bread.
From the time that we got to the house to start cooking, there was one boy named Kenny and his mom that introduced themselves to us and talked to us. Kenny was undergoing cancer treatments, and they seemed to be regulars at the house. Apparently, someone heard Kenny’s story and he and his mom are going to attend the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee! They are even going to be honored by being able to walk down the red carpet- so cool! The awards will air on ABC on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:00pm.
By the end of the night when we started cleaning up, around ten people came to eat dinner, and we were all able to eat as well. We put the leftovers in the house fridge and loaded and unloaded the dishwashers in the house kitchen. I really enjoyed this service project, and it was a great opportunity to get hands-on hours! These kind of service projects, the ones where you get to see the people that you are helping and know how your service is affecting others, are my favorite! I definitely think that this is a project that we should continue to do in the future, and I hope that I am able to attend in person each time.