Spending days on end in the hospital NICU with a baby born far too soon is the reality of 69 families a day at the Stollery NICU at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Many of these families are from outside of our Edmonton region, and also call RMHCNA home.

Days are long, and moments crawl by as parents cling to hope and watch their children fight for their lives. The comfort of a meal, delivered by the kindness of volunteers, brings not only sustenance but also the reminder that the Edmonton community cares.

The Meals that Mend: Hospital Lunch Program began delivering 40 lunches every Wednesday to the NICU. The program has since seen incredible support from our Edmonton and area REALTOR® community, including the 200 lunches delivered in August.

We were thrilled to welcome Brett Winegarden, who brought two colleagues from Royal LePage ARTeam Realty to help deliver lunch. Here is what he had to say about his experience:  “We are all connected through kids, whether our own child, a niece or nephew, or through friends. Providing support when they are in need is something that each of us must play a role in, and the Realtor lunch program enables each of us to do so.”

Next through our doors was Jolene Langelle of Re/Max Elite Windermere. She had the opportunity to connect with one of the NICU moms she delivered lunch to, and was moved to share her experience on social media in order to inspire others to take part:

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The month ended with us welcoming the hearts and humour of Mare Bryant and Tabatha Dowhaniuk of Re/Max Elite Sherwood Park. They brought laughter and joy to the process, and also shared their experience via social media:

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Brett also attended a REALTOR® open house at RMHCNA where we introduced some new people to the Program. Brett shared, “The RMHCNA tour is both humbling and inspirational. To see the daily work that goes into ensuring that each family is provided the support they need is amazing. Every member of the RMHCNA team gives everything they have to provide the support each family needs. You leave the tour wanting to know ‘how can I help too!‎”

You CAN help! Come join the move of REALTOR® kindness and sponsor a week of Meals That Mend: Hospital Lunch Program! Contact Kristi Hammond, Mission Development Officer, for details.