There is a lot going on in the world today that makes us feel icky. So much hate. So much destruction. So much division. Natural disasters. Sickness. So much sadness. It can be really easy to get discouraged and become cynical, wondering if there is anything good left in the world.
But when you move outside yourself, you can find a way to BE THE GOOD you want to see in the world. And that’s exactly what happened on a Saturday in August when 15 mamas came together to make brunch at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee, in partnership with Bright Horizons.
The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin aims to keep families together while a child is undergoing medical treatment at a surrounding hospital. On the surface, this looks like providing a place to stay, but in reality, it is so much more than that. The Ronald McDonald House provides community, support, hope, and a sense of peace while a family is potentially going through one of the most difficult challenges of their lives. You can read more about our initial visit to the Ronald McDonald House and the many things they are doing here.
One way the Ronald McDonald House invites the community to get involved is by counting on individuals and groups to provide meals for the 40-70 guests who may be staying at the house at any given time. And so, one meal at a time, volunteers give their time and resources to make sure those who are going through the health trial of a child they love are able to eat a home-cooked meal each and every day.
MKE Moms Blog Contributors teamed up with the generous folks at Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool and a group of our readers to do just that, and the result was beautiful.
The menu was simple: breakfast sandwiches, dessert lasagna, yogurt, and salad, and it was amazing to watch a team of women roll up their sleeves and get right to work, chopping, frying, baking, and washing dishes alongside women they may or not know, to serve people they’ve never met. Our common bond of motherhood and love for children drove the force for good to prepare a delicious meal for the families at the Ronald McDonald House, but the end result went well beyond full bellies. The staff at the Ronald McDonald house stresses that the impact of a home-cooked meal meets more than just a need for food, it encourages the hearts of the families going through what may be the most stressful time of their lives, as they look to the volunteers to know they are not alone or forgotten.
The staff at Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool from just down Watertown Plank Road act as more than just neighbors to the Ronald McDonald House! Not only did Bright Horizons step up and help us serve brunch to these amazing families, but they also were the driving force behind a toiletry supply drive earlier this year at our Family Egg Hunt! Bright Horizons has a passionate heart for kids and it shows not only in the curriculum and care they provide for their students, but in how they go outside the walls to impact kids and families around the city. We are so grateful to have had Bright Horizons involved in this project and to make some new friends in the process!
If you are interested in organizing a group to prepare a meal for the Ronald McDonald House, you can find out more information here. If you would be interested in partnering with MKEMoms Blog on our next outreach opportunity or have a suggestion of another way we can involve local moms in loving our city, please feel free to email us at [email protected]