Gerry Graziano, one of our amazing Meals that Mend donors and volunteers, describes what drew him into the House:
So yesterday I was able to get back to Ronald McDonald House here in Edmonton and participate in one of my favorite programs; Meals that Mend. If you’re not familiar, the program is set up so that the families that are staying at the House always have a meal prepared and waiting for them. It can be either a breakfast, lunch or dinner. It allows them to be able to have a good meal without the hassle of finding time to prepare it when they are already preoccupied with looking after a sick child away from the comforts of their own home.
I started getting involved three years ago when I had my cafe and was invited by Kristi Hammond, Special Projects Coordinator at the House. It has become a real treat for me to be able to go and be involved, even if for just a few hours. I have met some amazing people, both young and old. The biggest draw for me though is the instant impact I see from my being there. Look at it this way, you can easily cut a cheque to so many worthy causes, and yes it is important. Do you really truly see or feel the impact though? Maybe sometimes. The first time I did a Meals that Mend, I was talking to a parent from Northern BC. He went on to point out a young man that was going in for open heart surgery the following day. Well apparently, when he had seen what was going to be on the menu that night for dinner, I was told the smile on his face had not been seen for quite some time. That, is the impact. The feeling of comfort they get when after a tough day of hospitals and tests and Lord knows whatever else they may be coping with, there is some comfort waiting for them, even if for just an hour or so.
It’s really very easy to get involved. Just visit Meals that Mend for more details. I promise you, you will not regret it and like the headline says, it’s good to give.