Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Ronald McDonald House

Paul heard that the local Princeton alumni group had volunteered to cook an evening meal for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House residents, and we thought it was something very much worth doing. After a flurry of emails from the organizer and other volunteers, we signed up to bring baked ziti. Because it was the day before Thanksgiving, numbers were somewhat short of the 80 to 90 they usually have attending the evening meals. Nevertheless, we did break into the second container of baked ziti that we had brought "just in case."

It was a little chaotic with so many volunteers working around the several kitchen cubicles, but the job got done, and people (including us volunteers) had plenty or hot, nourishing food. It was interesting to meet some of the alums, too. After the cleanup, we were treated to a tour of the facility, which was the first Ronald McDonald House in the country and a pioneering concept. Paul and I aren't fans of the "restaurant," but we do applaud the corporation for the service they provide to families of critically ill children.