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A Home-Cooked Meal

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As part of Southwest’s dedication to the Ronald McDonald House, Employees from coast to coast regularly host dinners at the Houses.  Last week, the Communication & Strategic Outreach department prepared meals for over 60 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, and a great time was had by all who participated.  

After a long day at the hospital with their children, a home-cooked meal can really serve as comfort food for Ronald McDonald House families.   Our volunteers prepared and baked chicken pot pies, mixed up salad fixings, and created a yummy banana pudding for dessert.  They also helped set up activities and games for the children, and, in so doing, collectively volunteered more than 64 hours!  

RMHC Dallas

Of course, those hours will be recorded on SWALife and will then count towards Tickets for Time, which will be applied to the Dallas Ronald McDonald House.  For every 40-hour contribution to a 501c3 nonprofit, that organization will receive one roundtrip ticket (up to six per calendar year) through the Tickets for Time program.

RMHC Dallas

While I was cleaning up after serving dinner, I sat down at a table and talked with a mom about her son’s extensive eye surgery.    He was only nine years old, and has had numerous operations.  He never wants to go to the hospital (what kid does?), but he always wants to go to the Ronald McDonald House.  It is, for him, a place of joy.  RMH can be a place to draw encouragement, strength, and hope during a family’s journey. 

RMHC Food

To volunteer for one of these events, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef—just willing to spend a few hours with friends and Coworkers whipping up some favorite recipes, doing dishes, or visiting with the RMH families.  And, when you think about the wonderful comfort, care, and support that the Ronald McDonald Houses provide families who are facing serious medical crises, it’s hard not to get involved. 

RMHC Team

1 Comment

  1. As stated in a previous post, Ronald McDonald House is a charity near and dear to my heart, due to the stillbirth of my niece Angela. We were living in RNO at the time. My sister had to temporarily move to RMH SLC due to the closest specialist in Trisomy 13 being located at University Medical Center Salt Lake.

    To make a long story short, my sister’s husband, our mother and I had to make a beeline for SLC in a borrowed van. When we got there nearly 13-14 hours after we left (snow just past Battle Mountain) RMH took us in which was greatly appreciated, as we made the trip on a shoestring budget and last-minute loans.

    It truly gives me a good feeling read about SWA employees doing good for RMH, regardless of the city, and for that I’ll always be grateful.

    Thank you :-)

    Paul In CRP