Event Recap – Ronald McDonald House Dinner: SMPS Philadelphia Gives Back
January 20, 2017
“What an experience, it’s always better to give than to receive! To be able to provide a meal to families going through such difficult health trials was so rewarding. I hope that they all felt extra special and cared for,” said Rachel Powell of Tim Haahs.
On January 20, 2017, a group of volunteers from SMPS Philadelphia prepared and served a dinner to the families staying at the Front & Erie Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. Our volunteers planned the meal, acquired the food, and washed, chopped, mixed, boiled, baked, and served a dinner of meatloaf, vegetarian meatballs, macaroni and cheese, company potatoes, green salad, orzo spinach salad, green beans, carrots, dinner rolls, and brownies. After the families had been served, the volunteers were allowed the opportunity to join the families for the meal.
“Most of our work environments are quite busy and intense at times,” said SMPS volunteer Debbie Keen of Advanced Office Environments. “The most rewarding and humbling part was sharing a meal with the families and to learn their stories. It puts life and work back into perspective!”
The Ronald McDonald House charities help families of seriously and critically ill children by providing a temporary residence with many of the usual comforts of home. The Guest Chef program is one way that we can contribute to this important cause and give back to our local community. SMPS Philadelphia is proud to have participated in this program. Thank you to our volunteers that donated their time and kitchen skills: Debbie Keane (Advanced Office Environments), Ana Maria Collins (IPS), Sandra Bones (IPS), Erika Kucowski (Langan), Rachel Powell (Tim Haas), Michelle Westgate (Acuity Business Solutions), and Danielle Donnelly (Brinjac) who was unable to attend in person, but baked brownies for the families.