After a long day, have you ever wished you could come home to a hot, homemade meal ready to eat? Now add to your long day the stress of having a critically ill or injured child in the hospital. During these trying times, feeding yourself is often forgotten at your child’s bedside.
The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia’s mission is to serve families of critically ill children with love, toiletries, shelter, a warm bed and food. Their volunteers cook and serve meals to 15-20 people every day in their Hamilton Road home. For 2019, they’re stepping up their dinner game, serving crock pot meals daily in their family room at Piedmont Columbus Regional.
Newly renovated, the family room is equipped with a full-sized fridge, La-Z-Boys, a television, bathroom, activities for kids, snacks and coffee. It provides a quiet space for families with babies in the NICU or children in the pediatric unit. RMH’s Crock-Pot Compassionate Meals Program strives to serve hot meals to these families every evening, but they’re in need of volunteers to cook. Sometimes they even find themselves short on volunteers for the house dinners, and now they are adding a second meal every evening.
You don’t have to be a world class chef. Simply make a meal in the slow cooker and deliver it to the RMH family room. You can also bring a precooked crock pot meal for 10-15 people in a Ziploc bag and they will take care of the rest. Having a reliable source for a hot meal makes a tremendous difference for the families of these ill children.
How to Volunteer: Contact volunteer coordinator, Morwen Bush at 706-321-0033 or Morwen.Bush@rmhcwga.org. She will give you a list of open dates to bring a crock pot meal to the family room or a dinner, 2 sides and salad for the RMH. Meals can be cooked at home or in the large kitchen at RMH. Volunteers will receive red RMH aprons. Home-cooked, frozen meals are much appreciated.