Serving Supper and Smiles
For most families, August is an incredibly busy month that signals the transition from summer vacation to back-to-school. This time is marked by last minute beach trips, never-ending school supply lists, and absorbing as much family time as possible before schedules shift into overdrive.
However, this is not always the norm. According to the Center for Disease Control, 3.2% of U.S. school-aged children 5-11 years of age missed more than 11 days of school in the past 12 months because of significant illness or injury. These are children fighting long-term illnesses, terminal illnesses, and life-threatening injuries. The lives of these children and their families are drastically changed. The constant hospital stays can be a financial, logistical, and emotional nightmare. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provide a place for these families to stay while their child is in treatment. In 2016, RMHC provided 2,422,765 overnight stays for families with sick children. Not only does this allow for families to be near to their children during their hospitalization and treatment, but it provides comforts like hot-meals.
Lending a Hand
The team at Coastal Vision took two nights this August to cook dinner for the residents at the Ronald McDonald House on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. It was a brand-new experience for several people, but the entire team was eager to help. Each night a full hot meal was prepared: night 1 was pasta, while night 2 was a taco bar.
Each night the team had an amazing experience cooking for the RMHC guests. It was a fantastic time to bond with coworkers, and it brought great joy to each team member to be able to serve those whose families were hurting. Kaze Andino of the Coastal team stated, “It was a great experience. All the laughs and friendly “picking on” each other about cooking skills gave us a great bonding moment. We ended up learning more about each other, while helping those in need and connect with the community.”
Coastal Vision hopes to continue helping the families at RMHC, as well as serving the rest of the community however we can.