LOMA LINDA – Families at Ronald McDonald House are dealing with major illness of their child, that is why Options for Youth (OFY) students went to volunteer to cook some of them a special meal.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, eleven seniors from a San Bernardino Options for Youth Public Charter School prepared a meal including spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread for families at the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House. The students also washed dishes, swept, and mopped. The students were able to tour the facility and learn about the Ronald McDonald Houses and why they were established. After touring the facility, the students stored the leftover food for the families to enjoy at a later time.
“The Ronald McDonald House is a program established by the Ronald McDonald House Charities to be a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost,” OFY officials explained. “The program allows families to focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking meals. The generosity of donors and volunteers enable this vision and service.”
All OFY students are required a minimum of 10 community service hours to graduate in order to encourage students to be active members of their community. Student Advisor Jill Janusz commented, “The students absolutely loved having the opportunity to be of service to families who are in the midst of coping with their family member’s health crises. All agreed that they would gladly participate in an outing like this again.”
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