Let's Eat -- Team members from the San Francisco Region spent a day volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. The Ronald McDonald House provides room and board for families of children receiving treatment at the nearby Stanford University Medical Center.
For the parents of sick children, little things can make a big impact. A free meal can mean the difference between spending time in a kitchen or by a child’s bedside.
“It’s just one less thing they have to worry about,” says Sarah Jardine, digital marketing field manager for Toyota’s San Francisco Region. “It’s an hour of their day they get back.”
Jardine and several of her Toyota colleagues recently volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, in Palo Alto, California. The charity provides free housing for families of children receiving treatment at nearby Stanford University Medical Center.
“These people are coming from all over the world, and many of them have terminally ill children,” Jardine says. “They don’t really have time to shop or cook, and their time is precious. It’s really hard for them to focus on their sick kid, but also have three meals a day for their other children or themselves. On top of that, many of them are going into debt with hospital bills, so they may not have much money to spend on food.”
Jardine and her coworkers decided to devote an entire day at the Ronald McDonald House to help. They started with an upfront donation of about $600 to cover food costs. Then, they got in the kitchen. Together, they prepared, cooked and served meals to hundreds of grateful families. The team of volunteers made sloppy joes, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad and cookies.
“It felt awesome to help and meet these families who are going through so much,” Jardine says. “And it was wonderful to see how we, as a team, could make such a big impact in someone’s day.”
To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, check out rmhstanford.org.