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Serving Meals to Families at Ronald McDonald House

Sharing Care volunteers spent Wednesday night at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. We had the pleasure of participating in their Cook for Kids program, where volunteers buy ingredients and prepare dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The facility, which offers 8,500 square feet including:

  • 16 private rooms with bedrooms and showers
  • In-room Internet, TV/DVD players, phone with hospital extensions
  • Full kitchen with snacks, beverages and cooking facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Living room and lounge space with a TV
  • A quiet space, computer lab with internet access
  • Exercise facilities
  • Outside patio

It truly is a beautiful facility that offers the guests some of the comforts of home, all located right inside Children’s Hospital.

Clockwise starting in upper left: Sara and Jodi serving; Claudia enjoying some of the feast; the big group: (left to right) Sharon, Sara, Suzie, Janelle, Jodi, Dana, Claudia; and Suzie with her beautiful pancakes.

We had Suzie, Jodi, Sara, Janelle, Sharon, Claudia and Dana all working together to churn out a menu of Breakfast for Dinner ( a big hit the last time around, so we figured if it’s not broken, why fix it) the following:

  • We scrambled 242 eggs
  • Baked 180 slices of bacon
  • Heated up 144 turkey sausage links
  • Flipped 120 pancakes
  • Chopped 6 cantaloupes, 24 bananas and a whole large package of grapes

All-in-all we fed 86 people and had a blast doing it. We also received a ‘thank you card’ from one family immediately following the meal.

You can check out all of the pictures on the PHS Facebook page here.

Originally published: January 20, 2012

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