May 232013
 

Our son was born premature and spent six weeks in the hospital before coming home. Even though this was almost 10 years ago, I remember clearly the long days we spent there at the NICU. I would arrive as soon as the nursery opened first thing in the morning and would stay until the nurses kicked us out late into the night. We basically lived at the hospital for those six weeks. During that time I remember friends, family, and acquaintances who stopped by to offer support, love, and . . . food. Yes, food. It is amazing what a warm, home-cooked meal can mean when you have been eating hospital cafeteria food for days on end (or forgetting to eat all together). Food can be such a comfort in difficult times.

I think this is part of the reason that I have been enjoying going to the Ronald McDonald House these past couple months. This past Monday was our third time going and it just warms my heart to have the kitchen filled with yummy smells and tasty treats, and my hope is that the food offers the same comfort to the families staying at the House as it did for me so many years ago.

We spent a lovely afternoon on Monday with two other families baking all kinds of tasty goodness–cookies, brownies, and oatmeal chocolate chip bars. The sweet aroma of chocolate filled the kitchen, and we filled platters with the delicious treats for the 16 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. It was a good day.


Happy Kids with Sweet Treats in Hand

Apr 162013
 

April 27, 2013 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, volunteers are needed to assist with the Sertoma Centre annual fundraiser. There are opportunities for people of all ages—kids too! This fundraiser impacts more than 700 lives of people with disabilities living and working in the community!

The mission at Sertoma Centre is “to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.” Every day at Sertoma this mission is accomplished by those with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and /or mental illness. Some of this success is major—like starting a job in the community or moving into their own apartment. Other successes may seem minor to others, but to an individual with disabilities, getting dressed by oneself, learning how to make change at a vending machine, or mastering a new task in the workshop is a meaningful personal success!

For more event information, see the event flyer.

For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities with the Sertoma Centre, contact Laura Gardner, Volunteer Services Manager at lgardner@sertomacentre.org or call 708-730-6211.