BE. Orlando was joined by volunteers from the Central Florida Freethought Community and Secular Student Alliance at UCF on Saturday to team up and make a fantabulous lunch for those staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Florida Hospital.
Volunteers started with a tour of the facility to view living & recreation areas and a vacant resident room. We learned about the many different types of Ronald McDonald House services to families and that the organization is international (63 countries), with 358 Houses, 208 in-hospital family rooms, and 49 mobile units in addition to grants to non-profits helping children and a youth scholarship program. There are currently two Houses in Central Florida – and a new one will be opening on August 11th by Nemours at Lake Nona. (learn more HERE)
Volunteers David, Yusia, Wendy, Alex, Marcelo, Landon, and Julia invested two hours of their Saturday to uplift others by preparing a great lunch.
It was like a reality TV show, they said: there was a pile of ingredients and we had to use them to make something awesome.
The “hot dog” menu they prepared included regular & veggie dogs, buns & condiments, roasted squash, sautéed broccoli & mushrooms, Parmesan mushroom couscous with avocado, a lentil hummus & sweet pepper platter, mac & cheese, sweet potato fries, field greens salad with veggies, beet & blue potato chips, and a min-cake dessert bar of fresh berries, papaya, dark chocolate, and yogurt.
THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and to the Ronald McDonald House for providing this opportunity!
The award of the day went to Alex, for his artistic presentation of the lentil hummus & sweet pepper platter.
Families share their experience at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida: