On Saturday, December 30, 2017 a team of 8 RRT volunteers went to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland to support the effort of helping families with a family member in the hospital. This non-profit organization serves hospitals in the Cleveland area including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and Cleveland VA Medical Center. The house relies on its many volunteer groups and donations to provide daily meals and supplies for the families.

Cleveland RRT volunteers prepared and ready to serve the meal

RRT provided an evening meal for the employees, volunteers, and families. The team served hamburgers, toppings, chips, cookies, and drinks.  The hamburgers were cooked on a flattop in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen as well as a grill on the outdoor patio. Volunteers met with patients and families who call this their home away from home including a family from Columbus and another from Honduras.  Many recipients commented on how much they enjoyed a fresh, grilled burger on the snowy winter evening. It was a pleasure to meet the families and Ronald McDonald staff.

Preparing the meal at the Ronald McDonald House

Working in the kitchen of the Ronald McDonald House 

The Cleveland Ronald McDonald house offers 55 guest rooms that have 2 double beds and a private bathroom in each room.  There is a large kitchen and dining area which has 24-hour access.  Also provided is a laundry room where all supplies are provided at no cost to the guests.   Shuttle bus service is available for the guests to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s, the MetroHealth Medical Center, and University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital free of charge so families do not have to worry about parking and parking fees.

Guests getting their dinner provided by the Cleveland RRT

The Cleveland Rapid Relief Team volunteers look forward to serving the guests at the Ronald McDonald House again.

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