Over the weekend I celebrated my 50th birthday and over the years, I have had lots of opportunities to meet incredible people and do many incredible things! As several of my closest friends were turning 50 this year, I was invited to hall parties, pig roasts and golf tournaments. But for me, I wanted to do something much more memorable! With that in mind, I invited four of my closest friends and their kids and booked my “birthday party” at the Ronald McDonald House® in Edmonton.

Dave Wright’s Meals That Mend group for his 50th birthday party.

This past Saturday we planned, prepared, and served lunch for many deserving families at the Ronald McDonald House®. We had a full BBQ with all the fixings and for dessert, one of my friends went above and beyond and set up an Ice Cream Bar with every topping you can imagine. She even made from scratch, chocolate and caramel sauce, all served in little classic paper ice cream cups.

The ice cream bar!

We did not realize that the House was having a special Mother’s Day event with a “shopping area” where the kids had the opportunity to put together a gift and a flower for mom. How special that even though they are fighting their own battle, they had an opportunity to thank the amazing mom in their life who has been at their bedside for days, weeks, and for some, even months. Face painters and balloon artists were also in attendance. This was turning out to be one amazing birthday party!

The House was packed. We brought enough food so the families could have enough leftovers for another BBQ later in the week. We were flipping burgers non-stop and creating delicious topping-packed sundaes. Over 150 individual meals and many ice cream sundaes later (one little guy said he had quite a few), we all left feeling very blessed that we have the means and an opportunity to do things like this with our families, which sometimes we may take for granted. I am sure this will be an event the kids will never forget — I know I won’t.

-Dave Wright, RMHCNA Meals That Mend donor & volunteer