Last night, a group of Watchdogs visited the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. This time we were not there to walk the project site, check on construction progress or lead any planning meetings. We were there participating in the Guest Chef program, where groups prepare dinner for the families staying at Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The program is 100% volunteer driven and helps to enrich the daily lives of all who stay at the House. Dinners are prepared by volunteer groups every night of the week.
The Watchdog group prepared a “take me out to the ball game” themed dinner for the 75 individuals staying at the House on Chestnut Street. We prepared grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, hot dogs, veggie burgers, mac and cheese, a variety of salads and of course, a big dessert. We shopped and meal prepped at home and arrived at the House to finish preparations and cook a few remaining items.
Families staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House often do not have extra time, resources or energy to prepare or purchase a meal. Coming home after a long and exhausting day at the hospital to a fully prepared meal lightens the load for each family. Some nights, families stay at the hospital as late as possible. Part of the program is preparing to-go containers of fully prepped dinners so that these families can easily have a hot meal when they get home from a long day at the hospital.
The Watchdog group had a great night at the House. We enjoyed the company and hospitality of everyone at Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and are looking forward to helping the families at future Guest Chef nights.
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